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  • Summary: The Ohio native (now based in Nashville) worked with such artists as Pat McLaughlin, John Prine, Jerry Douglas, Duane Eddy, Gene Chrisman and Bobby Wood of the Memphis Boys for his second solo release.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jun 5, 2017
    90
    The thing about this album is, it shows the power of craft across the board: he's become a vivid, imaginative producer and now he's writing songs to match.
  2. May 31, 2017
    80
    The final product is dynamic, with a warm, analog sound that brings out the best in Auerbach's writing.
  3. 80
    There’s a lovely lightness of touch to each of these 10 songs and a real lushness to Auerbach’s production. Malibu Man and Stand By My Girl are the standouts, but really you’d be hard pressed to find a weak link here.
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    May 30, 2017
    70
    As imaginative as his guitar playing can be, Auerbach's vocals can be limited. ... And yet, Auerbach's obvious affections for these touchstones, and for these performers, more than make up for such shortcomings. [Jul 2017, p.34]
  5. Jun 5, 2017
    70
    Auerbach’s career is full, and his work is constant, aspects seeming to deserve a vacation. Waiting On a Song represents that vacation: he’s having fun with friends, playing spontaneous, and performing tunes that pay ode to a “Nashville sound” and his myriad influences.
  6. Jun 1, 2017
    67
    While Waiting on a Song is casual in execution, it’s extremely intricate in construction, with each disco-string sweep, brass-section stab, and razor-sharp acoustic strum deployed with push-button precision. At times, the album feels less like a traditional singer/songwriter affair than a business card for Auerbach’s studio.
  7. 58
    Although it features a few radio-ready summer moments, Waiting on a Song never quite rises to the heights reached by its famous collaborators or canon-approved inspirations.

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  1. Jun 4, 2017
    7
    Dan left his bluesy/garage rock roots behind on this one, focusing on all his other influences instead. As such, it feels less like a cohesiveDan left his bluesy/garage rock roots behind on this one, focusing on all his other influences instead. As such, it feels less like a cohesive album and more a collection of 10 singles. This, however, means it's full of earworms, and is a perfect summertime driving album. While the lyrics might not be the most interesting in the world, the production is flawless and is a total clinic in the art.

    It's not going to change your life, but that was never the point of it in the first place. Much like its totally organic sound and writing process with an army of rock, country, and folk artists working with Auerbach, it's a tribute to music and songwriting itself; it's about having fun making music. If the more pretentious sect could take life less seriously on occasion, they'd get the point.
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  2. Jun 29, 2017
    6
    A real tale of two halves, I struggled to like the album in entirety but there are some cracking tracks. This will definitely appeal to theA real tale of two halves, I struggled to like the album in entirety but there are some cracking tracks. This will definitely appeal to the masses and there is definitely something for everyone in here. I enjoy being taken on a journey with an album but this didn't feel like that. More a collection of songs from a variety of genre influences. Expand