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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for Kentucky singer-songwriter Joan Shelley was co-produced with James Elkington and features contributions from Meg Baird, Bill Callahan, Max Porter, and Nathan Salsburg.

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  • Record Label: No Quarter
  • Genre(s): Country, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Alternative Folk
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  1. Jun 27, 2022
    90
    On The Spur, Shelley captures the ache and the sweetness, the loss and the love, the coming and going of it all, with greater scale and skill than ever before.
  2. Jun 27, 2022
    80
    This is a record full of elegant consolation, but one that refuses to patronise the listener.
  3. Jun 27, 2022
    80
    It’s the sort of album which flows naturally along, with not a song, or even a lyric out of place. She’s been flying under the radar pretty consistently for a decade now, but if there’s more records of the quality of The Spur, more people will inevitably fall in love with Joan Shelley’s music.
  4. Jun 27, 2022
    80
    It documents a gifted artist in full command of her gifts, and it's more than worthy of your time and attention.
  5. Mojo
    Jun 27, 2022
    80
    Nuanced writing, full of tender challenges to lost souls, and Shelly's warmest sound yet. [Jul 2022, p.92]
  6. Jun 29, 2022
    78
    It’s satisfying to hear Shelley’s sound growing more verdant, the way carefully tended topiary fills out in spring. But the words and her phrasing remain the heart of what she does, and the judicious spaciousness of these settings feels both admirable and essential, crafting austerity that’s as much bounty as balm, and as celebratory as it is reflective.
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  1. Aug 10, 2022
    8
    I only recently got back into the grove of listening to all country albums, because I love country music. This is the best album so far thisI only recently got back into the grove of listening to all country albums, because I love country music. This is the best album so far this year that I have listen to...When i first listened to it, i could not figure out what the fuss(85) was all about, but i let it sit and gave it more listens, and its absolutely almost. It is very quiet, low tone, no overwhelming productions which isn't good and bad in of itself but her lyrics carries the album and her vocal is smooth and comforting. Like a thunder, home, fawn, and many others, I have like 7 favorite songs on this album Expand