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  • Summary: The seventh full-length solo release for singer-songwriter Kevin Morby was produced by Sam Cohen and was inspired in part by old family photographs he looked at after his father had a heath scare.
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  • Record Label: Dead Oceans
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. 100
    Epic in sound and vision, its sprawling Americana and gritty rock’n’roll taking in the big themes.
  2. May 11, 2022
    90
    With This Is A Photograph, he offers the wisest and most assured rendering of the Middle American vision he’s been honing of late, one where Dylan-esque anti-singing narrates impassioned, earnest and earthen tales of family, place, love and heroes, and a crack band shakes the rafters. [Jun 2022, p.32]
  3. May 13, 2022
    90
    One of the best chapters in an already impressive catalog; one that finds a new artistic depth as it faces some of life's eternal concerns.
  4. Mojo
    May 11, 2022
    80
    A record that feels warmer, wiser and less forced than any of his albums so far. [Jun 2022, p.88]
  5. May 16, 2022
    80
    The album hits its strongest points when Morby opens himself up to reckless abandon, stripping himself of the introspective pretenses of soul-searching and instead embracing the unpredictable chaos of life and all its imperfection.
  6. May 19, 2022
    76
    Even in his lost moments, like “A Random Act of Kindness” where he repeats “Out of time, out of money”, he searches out the hope while faced with setbacks and sorrow. It’s in these moments that Morby shines as that everyman – a role he has been crafted into through those various influences he holds up so high.
  7. May 18, 2022
    60
    This Is A Photograph is an album which aims for an impressively grand vision, but rarely hits the mark. In its less grandiose moments, though, it’s frequently successful, providing the listener with a number of lovely folk tunes.

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Score distribution:
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  1. May 18, 2022
    10
    Absolutely stunning! An amazing album that every track is unskippable and beautiful at any single detail. Truly masterpiece.
  2. May 26, 2022
    10
    This album is fantastic. It is probably his best, which is saying something. The title track has an urgent build that leaves you breathless byThis album is fantastic. It is probably his best, which is saying something. The title track has an urgent build that leaves you breathless by the end. The rest of the album, with one or two exceptions, is a slow, meditative, groove. The lyrics are brilliant. I love the references to Katie (Crutchfield) in Stop Before I Cry.
    Just a master work. One of the best albums of the year so far.
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  3. May 13, 2022
    10
    Morby writes his best lyrics and composes his best muscial output yet, surpassing an already high bar of excellence.
  4. May 13, 2022
    10
    Heaths are very scary. Just ask Macbeth. This is a great album. It is definitely one of his best.
  5. May 14, 2022
    10
    There are no skips on this album. It’s a thing of beauty. Kevin takes you on a journey from the first track to the last. You can tell he isThere are no skips on this album. It’s a thing of beauty. Kevin takes you on a journey from the first track to the last. You can tell he is deeply dialed in to deliver a masterpiece. Expand
  6. May 13, 2022
    7
    Morby greatest record since the world weary "singing saw". It's a laborious undertaking that instead comes through as a understand grandMorby greatest record since the world weary "singing saw". It's a laborious undertaking that instead comes through as a understand grand statement. This is one of the year bests for sure. Expand