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Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

  • Summary: The first full-length release from Julie Byrne since 2017's Not Even Happiness was recorded with the late Eric Littmann and completed with producer Alex Somers.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 7, 2023
    Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell is perhaps the closest comparison in terms of musical and emotional tenor, but Byrne’s album is ultimately as singular as the woman singing it, and as unforgettable as a departed friend.
  2. Jul 7, 2023
    It's moments like this, the staticky intro to "Lightning Comes Up from the Ground," and the distant thunder-like, well-spaced drum strikes of "Conversation Is a Flowstate" that elevate what are already lovely songs to something that feels transformative.
  3. Jul 25, 2023
    The Greater Wings is sublime and difficult to fault. Fans of Byrne will be delighted and moved to hear her grow even further as an artist and songwriter, not least in her coming to terms with grief and pain. New listeners to Byrne will surely find an artist of great pathos and empathy whose talents may now get the wider hearing they deserve.
  4. Jul 11, 2023
    The Greater Wings is no funeral, and Byrne’s calm assurance renders her words irresistibly commanding.
  5. Jul 6, 2023
    But The Greater Wings, for all its inevitable connotations, is not a downer. It’s a beautiful testament to life and to the people we love and that keep us going, physically and spiritually. It’s also a testament to moving forward with grace and strength, and rediscovering that longing to live.
  6. Jul 6, 2023
    The considerable power of The Greater Wings lies in how Byrne makes that specific feeling universal, and how resonant it becomes in the artfully woven tapestry of her music.
  7. Jul 5, 2023
    Her voice is excellent throughout – defiant and unwavering over Littmann's production – and sonically it is patient, cinematic and hopeful. A refuge, perhaps, for anyone who has been on the receiving end of the confounding and cosmic world of grief.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 13, 2023
    Gorgeous mediations on grief, desire, connection, and self-knowledge. Beautiful production and stunning lyrics
  2. Aug 13, 2023
    An exquisite rendering of grief via delicately picked guitar and moving, poetic lyrics.
  3. Aug 13, 2023
    Uma das melhores descobertas que fiz no ano. Um álbum coeso, bem feito, com coração, ritmo e talento puro.
  4. Aug 22, 2023
    The size of the carefulness this album was made with is unmeasurable. In a way, it shows, because it came out to be a very sensible project,The size of the carefulness this album was made with is unmeasurable. In a way, it shows, because it came out to be a very sensible project, almost too sensible. And there is no problem with "too much sensibility", but the highs on the album exist without energy, with no intensity or real musical statement. The anbientations, and, again, the carefulness of the texture of this windy folk is vast, and you can actually dance safely surrounded by the palpable rush of wind, but it turns out to be all just a simulation when the eyes are opened. I just wish this would've been a little bit more dynamic with its own energy. Expand