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Like The River Loves The Sea

Joan Shelley

Like The River Loves The Sea

Seventh album from the Kentucky folk singer produced by Sir James Elkington and recorded in Iceland

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    The results are exquisite. Print edition only

  2. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    The apocalypse looms above Shelley’s slice of Eden, making paradise all the more peaceful
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  3. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Feels brighter and more confident than her previous work
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  4. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    The Kentucky folksinger’s fifth solo album strips down to acoustic instrumentation and her softly luminous voice, carving out a refuge where love and nature find solace in each other
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  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Shelley’s fifth album was recorded in Iceland and her music seems more timeless, steely, sad and resolute than ever
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This album engages out minds while it explores, but as it raises questions, it still comforts. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Beautiful and inscrutable, it runs very deep indeed. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    On Like the River Loves the Sea, Joan Shelley proves she may be the only active musician who can surround herself with collaborators and sound exactly like herself
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  9. 7.5 |   The 405

    Right now, it can feel like every artistic statement is part of a grand commentary on our collective entropy. Joan Shelley plays on all of our nostalgia for calmer days. Her latest album is great shelter from the gathering storm
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  10. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Kentucky country-folk singer-songwriter’s sixth album vividly explores the course of a relationship
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