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  • Summary: The second full-length release from Oregon-based singer-songwriter Margo Cilker was produced by Sera Cahoone.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. Uncut
    Sep 13, 2023
    Striking successor to 2021 breakthrough Pohorylle. .... Her phrasing is exquisite throughout. [Oct 2023, p.26]
  2. Sep 13, 2023
    The record starts off with “Lowland Trail,” a solid folk/country hybrid, but it’s on the next two tracks where she really shines; the horn-laden, unrushed “Keep It on A Burner” and “I Remember Carolina,” an undeniable earworm up there was with John Prine when it comes to charmingly sly wordplay. Across 11 tracks, the album is a near flawless exercise in songwriting.
  3. Sep 14, 2023
    The songwriting across all 11 tracks is accessible and familiar—and yet, Cilker’s world that she’s created is fully under the rule of her genius penmanship. It’s sharp and far-ranging; anyone who has run from something can tap in and find ecstasy; anyone who has stayed put can achieve the same baroque fate.
  4. 80
    On Valley of Heart’s Delight Cilker proves herself to be one of our finest and most literate songwriters, one whose physical and psychological distance from the pressures of Nashville seems to be at least partially tied to her artistic triumphs.
  5. Mojo
    Sep 13, 2023
    With these songs, though, Cilker is building a beautiful place of her own. [Oct 2023, p.86]
  6. Sep 13, 2023
    What’s never in doubt is the authenticity of the “missteps and redemption” detailed in its songs, or their engaging, personal delivery.