• Record Label: Rounder
  • Release Date: Oct 30, 2015
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Oct 28, 2015
    80
    Martin cedes more of the spotlight to Brickell than ever, his strumming always sturdily present but rarely showy.... But Brickell also brings out the best in Martin, revealing his subtlest strengths.
  2. Oct 27, 2015
    80
    This is unapologetically well-tailored contemporary music, drawing upon the traditions of Kentucky and Laurel Canyon to create something gentle, pretty, and substantive, something that is as enchanting as it was the first time around.
  3. Oct 27, 2015
    70
    A follow-up that’s every bit as charming and melodious as their first.
  4. Nov 6, 2015
    60
    The addition of Hammond, fiddle and nicely understated guitar make So Familiar one of the strongest tracks with Edie Brickell reining in the often drawly mannerisms of her singing style to accompany with great effect. Other songs are not so successful in marrying the feel of bluegrass with the sweep of a big song.
  5. Nov 2, 2015
    60
    That's the vibe of the rootsy music they make, too: smart and stately, full of detailed craft and unfussy intimacy.
  6. Uncut
    Oct 27, 2015
    60
    It's not as striking as its predecessor. [Dec 2015, p.75]
  7. Mojo
    Oct 27, 2015
    60
    Simplicity rules throughout and the material doesn't stray far from folk roots, yet always sounds contemporary. [Dec 2015, p.92]

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