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  • Summary: The sixth full-length solo release for the British indie artist was co-produced with Craig Silvey.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
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  1. Mar 23, 2020
    90
    Of course this is a great record. Of course this is essential listening. At this point in his career he’s still getting better, and that’s a scary proposition.
  2. 90
    The Night Chancers is Dury’s most accomplished work, its self awareness and innate understanding of genre and language shows the songwriter to be in the prime of his creativity.
  3. Uncut
    Mar 16, 2020
    90
    Dury seems to have found a tone and groove that he's both relishing and flourishing in. [Apr 2020, p.27]
  4. Q Magazine
    Mar 16, 2020
    80
    Six albums in, Baxter Dury has realised a sound and lyrical approach that is unmistakably his alone. [May 2020, p.101]
  5. Mar 19, 2020
    80
    The Night Chancers tackles big themes within tight restrictions – namely, masculinity at the start of the 2020s. But though filmic in its scope, these 10 vignettes are economically plotted (the album is just 30 minutes long), with a through-line that takes you just far enough before leaving you to your own conclusions about these characters’ motives.
  6. 80
    Extremely moody yet highly groovy sixth album.
  7. Mar 20, 2020
    80
    Dury carries it off. His phrasemaking and delivery is immaculate: he plays with accents, albeit within a limited palette, and you listen to The Night Chancers believing it to be a real world.

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  1. Mar 23, 2020
    10
    Incredibly lyrical, warm and melodic album of a talented author and artist. He knows what he does and does it very well. His best album.
  2. Mar 29, 2020
    9
    It was so good, that I want to have it in the background of my life. It was like watching a movie, the protagonist of which takes you into aIt was so good, that I want to have it in the background of my life. It was like watching a movie, the protagonist of which takes you into a magical world with love, poetry, a variety of people and fun. A journey worth everything. One of the best albums of the year, so far. Expand