• Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2014
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Sep 9, 2014
    89
    While the familiar ache still haunts Single Mothers, Earle treats it with new wisdom, choosing instead to ramble forward, rather than perseverate and drift waywardly back.
  2. Q Magazine
    Nov 13, 2014
    80
    It's been a rocky road, but maybe he's finally home. [Dec 2014, p.109]
  3. Sep 8, 2014
    80
    There are moments where Single Mothers feels like art therapy as much as music, but this album communicates its pain with intelligence and a gentle touch, and as a singer and lyricist Earle grows with each album; there are more than a few moments of brilliance on this set if you don't mind sharing a rough and lonesome road with Earle for a while.
  4. 80
    Whatever category you might inhabit, Justin Townes Earle has something here you need to hear.
  5. Sep 9, 2014
    75
    Earle’s consistency is both his friend and his enemy on Single Mothers. In its quest for poignant empathy and delicate strokes of storytelling, it doesn’t vary much in tone.
  6. 75
    Earle further proves that taking the straight and narrow and settling down can reap the most rewards.
  7. Uncut
    Sep 25, 2014
    70
    The Tom Waits-ish jazz of the title track, the slinky CCR-ish trundle of "My Baby Drives" and the gentle pedal-steel-led-weeper "White Gardenias" confirm that Earle's quieting of his demons has lost him little. [Nov 2014, p.73]
  8. Sep 25, 2014
    70
    What we’re seeing here with Justin Townes Earle is an artist finding his sound, not an artist who’s simply trying to find a way to stay relevant.
  9. Magnet
    Sep 18, 2014
    70
    His gravelly croon is still sombre, but now it carries a glimmer of light in the darkness. [No. 113, p.53]
  10. Mojo
    Nov 7, 2014
    60
    He serves us a telling portion of autobiographical, Nashville-flavoured Americana. [Nov 2014, p.96]
  11. Under The Radar
    Sep 11, 2014
    60
    We have here a nice mix of balmy love songs and enthusiastic foot-stompers with only a scarce few clunkers. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.81]
  12. Sep 11, 2014
    60
    It’s a sad irony that just as Earle has hit his stylistic stride--beautiful, pedal-steel-soaked country and poppier soul--he’s writing fewer tracks that’ll floor you.
  13. Sep 9, 2014
    60
    His phrasing, always nuanced, is more emotive than ever. It suggests a life where songs are the only painkillers that still work.
  14. Sep 8, 2014
    60
    Single Mothers is at its best when it's at its most deliberately spare.

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