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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Los Angeles country singer-songwriter was produced with Martin Pradler.
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Everyone's Looking for Home
How's the road been lately? How's the love that you left? Are you living each moment, just thinking about the next? Well I recall a man who seeks... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 13, 2017
    70
    Once the sweetly hazy vibe dissipates, the songs reveal their sturdy structures, and they're the reason why Tenderheart rewards repeated listens.
  2. Apr 13, 2017
    70
    The accumulation of these sugary notes over the course of 45 minutes can feel somewhat sticky. This a good album, and everyone loves a bit of syrup--but you have to know when to draw the line.
  3. 60
    It’s hard to follow any Ry Cooder assisted act, but Outlaw coalesces around his own, more intimate sound. We can always use an honest, unpretentious Sunday morning album to enhance the usually easygoing mood, and for those moments Sam Outlaw’s unassumingly enjoyable Tenderheart hits the mark.
  4. 60
    The sound here is occasionally brasher--most notably on the gentle opener “Everyone’s Looking For Home”, suddenly overwhelmed by a startling, brash mariachi climax--but generally sticks fairly close to the Laurel Canyon soundalike stylings of Outlaw’s “SoCal” sound.
  5. May 9, 2017
    60
    The songwriting and performances on Tenderheart pop when he integrates up-tempo and driving qualities with soft and steady vocal deliveries, aspects presented by both the excellent title track and the out-and-out rocker single “Trouble”. But, Outlaw closes the album similarly to its opening: quiet, subdued, and largely opposite the feelings he creates in its middle.
  6. Mojo
    Apr 25, 2017
    60
    Outlaw doesn't deliver six-pack sagas, instead he offers Bottomless Mimosas as a morning pick-me-up. [Jun 2017, p.93]