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What's New, Tomboy?

Damien Jurado

What's New, Tomboy?

Latest release from the Seattle singer-songwriter is his third consecutive self-produced album

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  1. 9.0 |   music OMH

    At times it may seem like he’s destined to remain on the periphery but What’s New, Tomboy? is one of his best albums and deserves better, confirming Damien Jurado to be an artist operating at the peak of his powers
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  2. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Magical, mystifying and flush with finesse, it’s easily Jurado’s most enticing effort yet
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It sounds as spare and intimate, as if Jurado were singing inside your head. The songs are up there with his best. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Rarely does anything in Damien Jurado’s extensive catalogue fall short of expectations
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    What's New, Tomboy? is special for how profoundly Damien Jurado acknowledges what might be learned from the emptiness in this life, as well as from being still and waiting to be filled
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  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    One of Jurado's greatest strengths is his ability to express emotions, truths and transcendent moments through brief character studies
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  7. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Channeling stripped-back pop songs into hushed folk arrangements, the Seattle singer-songwriter’s 15th album confronts life’s impermanence in terms tender yet unsentimental
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  8. 7.0 |   Uncut

    The songwriter digs into the sound of his intense inner voice here. Print edition only

  9. 7.0 |   All Music

    Another moving collection of American snapshots from the troubadour, if likely less memorable than his higher-contrast outings
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  10. 6.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    Taken as a whole, Tomboy is a success, but its short runtime and somewhat underdeveloped arrangements leave the impression that Jurado was more concerned with just getting this set of songs released, rather than making sure they expand his extensive catalog in a meaningful way
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  11. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    He can do that whole vulnerable falsetto thing, but he prefers to underplay rather than hamming it up like so many of his peers
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  12. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s an accomplished collection well worth discovering
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