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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the John Rossiter-led band Young Jesus features guest appearances from Arswain and Tomberlin.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 3, 2022
    The tranquil and atmospheric flow of the album is a perfect canvas for Rossiter, who tends to bellow more than sing. His rich and emotive voice can sound at times like that of a much more timid Jeff Buckley, and with the album’s open feel, it has space to stretch, rather than snarling, like on some of the band’s more tense moments.
  2. Oct 3, 2022
    Shepherd Head is undoubtedly a solid release, especially considering the u-turns which make it, clearly, a different kind of Young Jesus record. While I’m not sure that the album’s scattershot nature will endear it to a broader audience, its tenuous genre affiliations leave a potentially wide range of listeners in the crosshairs.
  3. Oct 3, 2022
    Shepherd Head thrives when it leans into the elements that make it so notably different from the albums that came before it.
  4. Uncut
    Oct 3, 2022
    You can almost hear doors swinging shut in monastic apartments, as he abandons his perfectionist MO to grapple with faith and loss over mangled voice demos and musique concréte sheets of rain. [Oct 2022, p.36]