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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the country singer-songwriter was produced by Dave Cobb.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 100
    Even among the country music gems already released this year, Stapleton’s feels like a small miracle.
  2. Nov 13, 2020
    82
    At Stapleton’s best, sometimes you imagine you’re listening to a mythical “Gregg Allman Sings the Willie Nelson Songbook” album. There are plenty of these moments in his fourth release, “Starting Over.” He has Nelson’s tender touch, but his bluesy side is much louder; his is a part-acoustic, part-stinging approach in which Nelson’s Trigger meets B.B. King’s Lucille.
  3. Nov 10, 2020
    80
    Unlike the 2017 pair of albums which were rather short, Stapleton delivers a generous heaping of 14 songs here. He has nothing left to prove, but somehow, he just gets incrementally better as he takes more control and confidence in his own songwriting.
  4. 80
    Starting Over finds Stapleton not only maintaining his momentum, but also opting for diversity as well. While his influences are as obvious as always, he breaks out of the Southern rock mold he established early on.
  5. Nov 23, 2020
    70
    Stapleton’s writing is solid, but his vocals, arrangements, and instrumentation imbue most of these songs with something remarkable.
  6. Nov 24, 2020
    70
    Stapleton, the artist, isn't beginning, and he does not need to. With Starting Over, he furrows broad terrain with confidence, leading to plenty.
  7. Nov 10, 2020
    60
    The album balances these syrupy moments with a batch of harder-edged tracks that showcase Stapleton’s biting electric guitar riffing but don’t do much to elevate his lyrics. Predictably, he just shifts his focus from love and tenderness to mild hedonism.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 14, 2020
    10
    Just giving this album a 10 to even out a 0 that was left on here by some liberal **** head that thinks all country music is forJust giving this album a 10 to even out a 0 that was left on here by some liberal **** head that thinks all country music is for conservatives. There is an anti gun song on this album. Stapleton really is a different breed of musician. Expand
  2. Nov 26, 2020
    10
    There aren’t a lot of country artists with the integrity of Chris Stapleton nowadays. From the first to the last song this album is filledThere aren’t a lot of country artists with the integrity of Chris Stapleton nowadays. From the first to the last song this album is filled with emotions. These emotions are raw and brought through such fine songwriting and through Chris’ smooth and powerful voice. Expand
  3. Nov 21, 2020
    0
    This album is garbage and that's on periodt 0/10 its boring it could be useful to fall asleep to....