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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter features guest vocals from Norah Jones.
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Astral Plane
Is there a light? You have inside you Can't touch A looking glass Can only show you So much Follow the signs Slowly but steady Don't rush The day... See the rest of the song lyrics

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  1. 100
    Her follow-up to 2013’s sublime Pushin’ Against A Stone finds Valerie June expanding her unique blend of blues, soul and mountain music to create a distinctive hybrid in which past and future coalesce with gentle power.
  2. Mar 1, 2017
    90
    The Order of Time is unique and presents a confident and dynamic songwriter and performer with a rich background in stylistic and regional influences.
  3. Mar 8, 2017
    90
    June is no ingénue or girl-done-wrong; her persona as a creator is both spellbinding and well versed in the ways of the world. This is the singer-songwriter as wise woman, as wickedly sharp village witch.
  4. Mojo
    Feb 27, 2017
    80
    Valerie June's siren-like vocal delivery [is] both beautiful and tempting. [Apr 2017, p.98]
  5. Mar 8, 2017
    80
    Where the slightly showier Pushin' Against a Stone covered a wider variety of styles, The Order of Time tends to flow more smoothly and gives the feeling that you've stumbled on a 45-minute section of ongoing music that has no beginning and no end.
  6. Uncut
    Feb 27, 2017
    80
    A vivid storyteller, June approaches traditional music with a similar mix of irreverence and affection. [Apr 2017, p.30]
  7. 70
    More ornate and richly produced than any of her previous recordings, The Order Of Time fully establishes June as a proper auteur who has long transcended any limitations as a quaint revivalist.

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  1. May 6, 2017
    10
    Decided to listen to this album on account of it's metascore and I was simply blown away by how fantastic it is. Valerie's vocals are cleanDecided to listen to this album on account of it's metascore and I was simply blown away by how fantastic it is. Valerie's vocals are clean but with tons of character, they teeter somewhere between blues and country without ever landing wholly into any camp. This all sits on top of beautiful gentle melodies that warm the heart and sooth the soul. Simply stunning album Expand
  2. Mar 10, 2017
    10
    This album is amazing . One of the bests albuns of 2016 without a doubt.The lycris are awsome and all the album is reaaly good .Congrats forThis album is amazing . One of the bests albuns of 2016 without a doubt.The lycris are awsome and all the album is reaaly good .Congrats for the incredible albun Expand
  3. Jun 8, 2017
    8
    Excellent album with enough ear-worms throughout to warrant many repeat lessons. Beware the vinyl however, which I've noticed has some top-end issues.
  4. May 16, 2017
    7
    This soul/blues/rock album does just enough to maintain solidity through consistently engaging melodic lines, and while the music sometimesThis soul/blues/rock album does just enough to maintain solidity through consistently engaging melodic lines, and while the music sometimes got too heavy when layers weren’t being diversified, June’s voice and passion hit home very well. My Score: 131/180 (Solid) = 7.3/10 Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2017
    5
    I checked this out due to comparisons to Norah Jones, whose music I love. Was disappointed. Leadoff track was very good, but the remainingI checked this out due to comparisons to Norah Jones, whose music I love. Was disappointed. Leadoff track was very good, but the remaining tracks were indistinguishable and singer's voice got grating after a while. Expand