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  • Summary: Produced by Dave Cobb, the first release of new songs in 13 years for the singer-songwriter features contributions from such artists as Dan Auerbach, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. Apr 13, 2018
    He doesn’t miss a beat, doling out material that highlight every facet of his still-underrated talent.
  2. Apr 18, 2018
    While at 71 his voice is gruffer and scratchier than ever, the album is unapologetic about it; vocals are recorded close-up over sparse arrangements, with melodies that relax into cozy countryish territory and sometimes stray toward speech. Mr. Prine’s songs, as they have since his 1971 debut album, can sound both carefully chiseled and playfully off-the-cuff.
  3. Apr 24, 2018
    The Tree of Forgiveness is autumnal John Prine, but it's also a potent reminder that his remarkable skills as a songwriter and his rough-hewn excellence as a singer haven't failed him yet.
  4. Apr 13, 2018
    The album’s just a little over half-an-hour long, and it’s all of a piece, conveying casual imagery that meanders from the hands-in-pockets wistfulness of drifting and kicking on trash cans (“Knockin’ on Your Screen Door”) to turning on the TV and looking out your window. Throughout, he has a virtuoso grasp of understatement.
  5. Apr 13, 2018
    This is the kind of record that preschoolers would find catchy enough to sing along with, accompanied by their grandparents. And yet, the wry, trippy humor and image-rich wordplay often feel futuristic, in the way they conflate time and space, sometimes wondrously, sometimes darkly.
  6. May 10, 2018
    The Tree of Forgiveness, ten breezy songs and thirty-three minutes long, is slight, but its brevity fits. The Tree of Forgiveness doesn’t rage against the dying of the light. Instead, it’s funny and it’s sad. It’s complicated. It’s over before you know it.
  7. Apr 5, 2018
    There’s not much more than half-an-hour of original material here, but there’s a quality to the stories in these songs.

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  1. Apr 9, 2020
    Rest in peace, John. I just knew your songs not long ago and really enjoy to listen to your last album. I am listening to When I get toRest in peace, John. I just knew your songs not long ago and really enjoy to listen to your last album. I am listening to When I get to heaven as I am writing. Vodka and Ginger Ale will taste just fine up there. RIP Expand