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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the outlaw country artist was recorded in Michigan with Bobby Emmett, Chuck Bartels, Miles Miller, and John Hill.
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  • Record Label: Elektra
  • Genre(s): Country, Folk, Americana, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Outlaw Country
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 26, 2019
    100
    He isn’t the first musician to throw his label a curveball while protesting about the pressures of fame and the grim nature of the music business. That said, it’s hard to think of anyone else who’s done it by making an album as gripping and enjoyable as this.
  2. Sep 27, 2019
    88
    Distortion-saturated guitars, synthesizers squealing like tea kettles and tribal drums give country tradition a swift kick in the back side. This carnage doesn’t belong to a genre, it’s more like a feeling: Side 2 of Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s “Rust Never Sleeps,” ZZ Top demos after three cases of Tequila in a Texas roadhouse, a hurricane.
  3. Mojo
    Sep 26, 2019
    80
    The album's schizoid ruse is neatly summed-up by Make Art Not Friends, which makes its wondrous metamorphosis from lithe dance track to all-American rocker in just under six minutes. [Nov 2019, p.86]
  4. Oct 1, 2019
    72
    SOUND & FURY is miles down the road from any of his previous albums.
  5. Oct 3, 2019
    70
    The tightest tunes here tend to be the mid-tempo ones, or the ones with the cleanest production.
  6. Sep 26, 2019
    70
    When Simpson does sing, much of what he has to say is similarly self-referential. He’s angstier than ever on Sound and Fury, plagued by his public platform, preoccupied with the way he’s been misunderstood and boxed in by an unforgiving music industry. Simpson sells such discontent with a fury that makes it seem as though he’s the first rockstar who’s ever had to deal with such problems.
  7. Sep 26, 2019
    60
    The record gets better when the sci-fi murk lifts and a song comes into focus, which happens more often on the second half, when Simpson relaxes enough to offer up a bit of good ZZ Top funk ("Best Clockmaker on Mars") and a blues shuffle ("Mercury in Retrograde"). But songs aren't the point of Sound & Fury. As the title makes plain, it's all about the sound and fury, noise that grabs hard and eventually softens its grip.

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. Oct 2, 2019
    10
    Not the first country star to try crossing over to rock, but of course the first to do it with roaring success would be Sturgill.
  2. Sep 29, 2019
    10
    Another terrific album from an artist that continues to evolve and confound expectations. Album of the year contender.
  3. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    Looked forward to this release for more than a month. Walked out of work at 2am, drove home with the radio on blast and sat in the garage forLooked forward to this release for more than a month. Walked out of work at 2am, drove home with the radio on blast and sat in the garage for 20 minutes listening till the album was finished. Woke up the kids, but it was worth the headache of putting them back down. Sturgill you are the rebel the music industry desperately needs. Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2019
    10
    Sturgill Simpson has been straying away from any and all country music norms of the modern era more than any other artist I can think of. HisSturgill Simpson has been straying away from any and all country music norms of the modern era more than any other artist I can think of. His records are always uniquely him yet still unique from one another. He knocks it out of the park again with Sound and Fury and I am just utterly blown away the way record sounds. If you're a fan of the Black Keys and want to hear something entirely new, I recommended this record as it is in a master class of it's own. Keep on rocking Sturgill! Expand
  5. Jul 18, 2020
    10
    We live in a world where being different goes unrewarded. Sturgill and the band absolutely crush this album. The production is nothing shortWe live in a world where being different goes unrewarded. Sturgill and the band absolutely crush this album. The production is nothing short of PHENOMENAL. What makes it SO over the moon, is everyone considers him a country artist!!!!! Imagine Luke Bryan or Morgan Wallen or Chris Janson doing this album...wait that’s right, you CAN’T. And that’s what makes it so special. An artist trying to do things NOBODY expects and crushing it all at once... it’s borderline unheard of to do a genre switch like this and do it well. Kudos to sturgill!!!!!! Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    This album shreds. It's a big fuzzy wall of sound full of great licks and great lyrics. Another masterpiece from Sturgill.
  7. Oct 2, 2019
    9
    No matter which genre he decides to pull from, the songwriting remains solid as ever.

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