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  • Summary: The latest full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter with his band was produced by Dave Cobb and features contributions from Rival Sons' Jay Buchanan and David Crosby.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. May 15, 2020
    90
    Much of Reunions mirrors a troubled present, but "Letting You Go" finds room for hope and humanity, and it reinforces the themes of what may be Jason Isbell's strongest solo effort to date.
  2. May 12, 2020
    90
    His songs remain deeply personal, revisiting his drinking days and happy to be done with them in “It Gets Easier” and paying tribute to his wife, Amanda’s natural mothering instincts in “Letting You Go” yet there is not a song as impactful as “Cover Me Up” or “Elephant.” Nonetheless, his material is consistently strong enough to merit the four-bagger. Yes, four in a row equals a grand slam.
  3. May 13, 2020
    90
    With Reunions, Isbell unites the disparate aspects of his craft — soothing acoustic and fiercely electric; Hemingway's word economy dashed with Oscar Wilde-worthy asides, relatable details and otherworldly allusions. ... For listeners immersed in similar bittersweet nuances on a daily basis, there's no better musical accompaniment than Isbell's latest.
  4. May 12, 2020
    80
    His best impulses he keeps channeling into his music, on seven albums and counting, and the result is a body of work that often feels indispensable. Isbell is a songwriter’s songwriter, but the songs that result are for all of us.
  5. Mojo
    May 12, 2020
    80
    With its acute portraits of a troubled and tangled life, Reunions is ultimately a story of redemption through fatherhood and self knowledge, epic country-soul opener What've I Done To Help setting the mood perfectly. [Jun 2020, p.95]
  6. Uncut
    May 12, 2020
    80
    A typically assured piece of work. [Jun 2020, p.30]
  7. Q Magazine
    May 12, 2020
    60
    He's still more traditionalist than outlier, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. [Jul 2020, p.19]

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Score distribution:
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  1. May 19, 2020
    10
    This is the most complete, thematically consistent, well-organized, and honest album Jason Isbell has ever made. A masterwork.
  2. May 29, 2020
    9
    Great follow up to The Nashville Sound. What's been great about this album is that I find new things to like with each listen. One of the bestGreat follow up to The Nashville Sound. What's been great about this album is that I find new things to like with each listen. One of the best alt-country albums of the year thus far. Expand
  3. May 15, 2020
    9
    This is a very well written collection of songs. The highlights for me are Overseas(that riff), Letting You Go and Only Children. Like anyThis is a very well written collection of songs. The highlights for me are Overseas(that riff), Letting You Go and Only Children. Like any Isbell album the songs didn't grab me on the first listen. I don't really want any albums to do that because usually that means you're sick of them very quickly. Jason Isbell is a grower. His songs inhabit your brain and take their time to simmer a while before they're ready. I'd put this album right there next to Southeastern and SMTF as some of his best albums. Expand
  4. May 20, 2020
    6
    ah if only the record was as good as the first song, that would have been something. but there, we end up with an hour or so of skipping backah if only the record was as good as the first song, that would have been something. but there, we end up with an hour or so of skipping back to the first track. Expand