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  • Summary: The 15th full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter was produced by Ethan Johns and recorded in Bath, England.
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  • Record Label: Lambent Light Records
  • Genre(s): Country, Folk, Americana, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Country-Folk
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  1. Aug 19, 2020
    80
    Carpenter has been so consistent that calling Between the Dirt and the Stars her best album in however many years isn't particularly meaningful. Let's call it her best album since her last one.
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    Aug 19, 2020
    80
    The 11 original compositions here are full of warm compassion and ripe wisdom. [Sep 2020, p.27]
  3. Aug 19, 2020
    80
    Carpenter takes long solo walks around her property to aid in the songwriting process, the fruits of which are evident in the opening “Farther Along and Further In,” about recognizing that something has changed gradually but distinctly. Perhaps with age comes respecting the spiritual over the practical. Empathy becomes the theme of the explicitly stated “It’s Ok To Be Sad” and the standout “All Broken Hearts Break Differently,” which evokes Band-like chord patterns and great dissolving organ-like runs played by Nick Pini on Moog.
  4. Aug 19, 2020
    80
    By using her own empathic band for The Dirt and the Stars, Carpenter was able to erase all boundaries between singer and song; she entered their experiences nakedly, bravely, and completely, making this one of her standout albums.
  5. Aug 26, 2020
    77
    It is one of the most intimate records in her catalog, and the entire band seems locked into the introspective intensity that marks her best songwriting.
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