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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Sep 30, 2019
    10
    I've always loved Sturgill. He doesn't pretend to be what he isn't. He doesn't care what people think he's just doing what he loves, and itI've always loved Sturgill. He doesn't pretend to be what he isn't. He doesn't care what people think he's just doing what he loves, and it shows. True artists aren't concerned with genre or fitting a label they just make music. And that's just what Sturgill's done. This whole album is awesome and the move is BA aswell. Expand
  2. Sep 29, 2019
    10
    This is a great album! As with all of Simpons albums he does not like to be pidgeon holed and this album pushes the envelope even further. IfThis is a great album! As with all of Simpons albums he does not like to be pidgeon holed and this album pushes the envelope even further. If it was a recipe it would read, take 2 parts dirty outlaw country, mix in one part metal, one part classic rock and sprinkle in some synths for good measure. Expand
  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 2, 2019
    10
    This album is uniquely exciting. The best album to come out so far this year.
  5. Oct 22, 2019
    10
    An "all killer, no filler" record in every sense of the term, Simpson's latest is a deliciously demented Frankenstein's monster amalgamatingAn "all killer, no filler" record in every sense of the term, Simpson's latest is a deliciously demented Frankenstein's monster amalgamating The Black Keys with "Jekyll + Hyde"-era Zac Brown Band that never lets its foot up off the gas. The Japanese influences conjuring images of lone ronin wandering the land are the icing on the cake, cementing the singer's outlaw image once and for all.

    Choice Cuts: "Remember to Breathe", "Sing Along", "Best Clockmaker on Mars"
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  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. Sep 29, 2019
    0
    I have never heard of this guy, until my streaming tv system automatically played "Sound and Fury", not really paying attention to the TV; II have never heard of this guy, until my streaming tv system automatically played "Sound and Fury", not really paying attention to the TV; I was drawn into a magical sound I have never heard before in my life. A creative fusion of punk, rock, and country. I listen to mostly jazz, reggae, hip hop and r&b. What is happening? 30 some minutes later I realized I was listening to one of the best things I have heard in my life!! These lyrics, the meaning within them, amazing!! How great and how connected to the human condition and the human spirit this album. I have listened to "Make Art Not Friends" five times in a row already and I am sure now, this is one of the best songs ever written. Expand

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