Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. 100
    Even among the country music gems already released this year, Stapleton’s feels like a small miracle.
  2. Nov 13, 2020
    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. 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.
  4. Nov 13, 2020
    Stapleton could use a bit of Petty's flair -- there's not a lot of humor here, nor are there any flirtations with modern sounds -- but his straight-ahead style nevertheless satisfies on Starting Over.
  5. Uncut
    Nov 10, 2020
    Chris Stapleton rides roughshod over country music formulas on Starting Over, with assistance from a pair of Heartbreakers. [Dec 2020, p.39]
  6. Nov 10, 2020
    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.
  7. Nov 24, 2020
    Stapleton, the artist, isn't beginning, and he does not need to. With Starting Over, he furrows broad terrain with confidence, leading to plenty.
  8. Nov 23, 2020
    Stapleton’s writing is solid, but his vocals, arrangements, and instrumentation imbue most of these songs with something remarkable.
  9. Nov 10, 2020
    It's a cozy-campfire roots record. [Nov 2020, p.71]
  10. Nov 10, 2020
    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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Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Nov 14, 2020
    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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2021
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Hitched a new greatness apart from any other male country artists. I probably feel it is much longer than its total playing time. Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2021
    Great album. Very great. So great. Ilove this album. Great album. So great. No other opinion.