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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the Big Thief guitarist was produced by Andrew Sarlo.
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  • Record Label: Keeled Scales
  • Genre(s): Alt-Country, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 15, 2021
    80
    Two Saviors works as a proper introduction to a musician who has been toiling away behind the scenes of a truly great band, but also as a completely independent opening statement from a talented artist in his own right. It’s likely that Meek’s solo material will never be evaluated separately from his work with Big Thief, but on Two Saviors Meek, at the very least, proves that it should.
  2. Jan 15, 2021
    80
    These tracks are balanced by a few sparer intimate ones steeped in nostalgia and an uncertain hope. Throughout Two Saviors, Meek's uniquely kindly tenor conveys evocative phrases and settings that likewise stand apart from the crowd.
  3. Uncut
    Jan 15, 2021
    80
    It's a fine country record refracted through a DIY folk-rock lens. [Feb 2021, p.30]
  4. Jan 21, 2021
    71
    This is very comfortable music, but Meek threads strange disturbances into its weave. Residing alongside the blankets and stars and blue jays of his lyric sheet are darker things—faces forming on the ceiling, broken tongues, swimming pools full of turpentine.
  5. Jan 15, 2021
    70
    While Meek isn’t fully out of the shadow that Lenker and Big Thief have created, Two Saviors makes a fine argument that he should be taken seriously as his own artist.
  6. Jan 15, 2021
    70
    A feather-light collection of alt-country, packed with pedal steel, lilting melodies and Buck’s own evocative Texan burr.
  7. Jan 19, 2021
    60
    Two Saviors has a wonderfully loose feel. Meek’s gently enunciated vocals, delivered with all the urgency of Kurt Vile awaking from a nap, are backed by a band that knows how to keep it simple, Mat Davidson’s pedal steel and organ from Meek’s brother Dylan giving proceedings a timeless country feel. This lack of immediacy is a double-edged sword, however: too often the songs are so laid-back that they slide out of focus.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 16, 2021
    10
    Great, standing confidently on his own two feet. A step up from his first, and different enough from the Big.