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  • Summary: The latest release for the singer-songwriter features Blair Cowan, Fred Maher, Matthew Sweet, and Joan Wasserman.
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  • Record Label: Omnivore
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Dec 10, 2014
    90
    Perhaps an elitist view is that Cole is too high-brow for the masses, but six hundred pre-purchasers say differently, and fifty million Elvis fans can’t be wrong. Oh yes, oh no, Standards is one for the ages.
  2. Dec 10, 2014
    80
    Throughout, he continues to challenge us in ways that demand attention.
  3. 80
    Cole has written a batch of terrific songs and turns in some of his most passionate and committed performances. The tunes are literate, often wickedly funny but remain laced with Cole’s smooth hang-dog vocals.
  4. Dec 10, 2014
    80
    Standards finds Cole at a place of razor-sharp renewal. He uses the past unapologetically yet vitally, and delivers a record fans will find both irresistibly familiar and firmly of this moment in his career.
  5. Dec 10, 2014
    80
    Standards, therefore, is gloriously, pertinently verbose, slurping like a horse from the wellspring of inspiration.
  6. 60
    There’s a confidence and flexibility to his disparate themes.
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