• Record Label: Artemis
  • Release Date: Jun 24, 2003
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Uncut
    90
    His most towering achievement to date. [Aug 2003, p.114]
  2. Terroir Blues is an excellent album released by a man who knows he's at the height of his powers, whether anyone else knows it or not.
  3. Farrar's strongest showing since the first Son Volt album.
  4. Terroir Blues is a significantly more ambitious and confident work from Farrar than Sebastopol, but it's also more elusive, and ultimately this is the sort of record fans will love, but the unfamiliar will have a hard time embracing.
  5. More a sketchbook than a fully-formed statement of purpose, Jay Farrar's second solo release is nonetheless an excellent addition to his oeuvre.
  6. At 23 songs... his second solo full length is as bloated as a rummy's liver. Still, it's good.
  7. While not as sonically ambitious as Farrar's first foray away from Son Volt, Sebastopol, there is a simple and stark grace to these songs.
  8. Mojo
    70
    As accomplished as anything in his storied catalogue. [Jul 2003, p.113]
  9. This is no passive listen -- it is Trace rendered impressionistically -- but it has many rewards among difficult and unsettling stretches.
  10. Once again, Jay Farrar has produced an album that's as stark and dreary -- and beautiful -- as the Midwest in winter.
  11. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    More sketchbook than album. [Jun 27/Jul 4 2003, p.138]
  12. Blender
    60
    Farrar revives Neil Young's habit of presenting the same songs in different styles. [#17, p.134]
  13. Q Magazine
    60
    Sound[s] as much half-finished, stoner bumbling as personal offbeat vision. [Aug 2003, p.104]
  14. The album has enough setbacks that Terroir Blues cannot be considered on the same page as Trace, Straightaways, or anything he did with Uncle Tupelo.
  15. Farrar's introverted neofolky material is pretty forgettable.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. stefans
    Mar 29, 2005
    8
    This really is a great recording that grows with each listen. The space junk fills what are usually silent transitions between tracks which I This really is a great recording that grows with each listen. The space junk fills what are usually silent transitions between tracks which I consider a captivating touch. Full Review »
  2. kylec
    Sep 24, 2003
    9
    great songs...could live without the space junk...one would have to be a true farrar fan to fully understand this album.
  3. bend
    Aug 21, 2003
    8
    Look, this is jay farrar solo. if you go on trying to compare it with tup or sv then you are a fool. those were collaborative. you can only Look, this is jay farrar solo. if you go on trying to compare it with tup or sv then you are a fool. those were collaborative. you can only compare it to sebatapol. this is a sketchbook, but in classic farrar style, it is what it is. Full Review »