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Kevin Morby


Sixth album of indie rock from the Kansas-based former Woods bassist and The Babies frontman

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  1. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Even without explicit elegies, there's a sense Morby is permanently watching something sink into the horizon, suspending what's left in beautiful songwriting amber. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    This album is a road trip in and of itself and is a must add to any playlist prior to embarking on a long journey
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  3. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    A beautifully-scripted exercise in melancholy
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  4. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    From the very start, the record lulls listeners into a quiet solitude, with Kevin Morby inviting you into his shed-turned-studio where it’s not hard to imagine the tottering insects of summer and dripping icicles of winter as evolving companions
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  5. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Sundowner is Morby’s Harvest Moon, his Nebraska, his Hejira – a statement of intent made in the quietest way possible
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  6. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    Sundowner’s power lies in its aperture, taking in all it can of the earth beneath us and the skies above, and transcending life’s mixed emotions with the imaginative force of its Middle-American mythmaking
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  7. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    An indie folk record with tinges of country rock, the songwriter’s latest album pays tribute to his Kansas City home with a vision of the Midwest that feels mythical and enormous
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  8. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Delicate, desert-baked confessionals a plenty. Print edition only

  9. 7.0 |   Clash

    Within the sound of ‘Sundowner’ you are taken outside to look upon a wonderful vista, feel the gravel crunch under your feet, the wind running through your hair as a chime sings in the distance
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  10. 7.0 |   All Music

    Its gentle melancholy and unhurried tempos slowly melt into a sustained atmosphere, offering some of Morby's gentlest and most captivating songs
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  11. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Sundowner's glow begins to fade in the album's latter half. The final two tracks, the instrumental "Velvet Highway" and "Provisions," are pleasant enough, but taper the album off on a muted note. It's a minimalist ending showing that less isn't always more
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  12. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    On Sundowner, Kevin Morby sings of valleys, broken stars, pale nights, and the midwestern American sun. Most of the time, he's alone with his guitar and a haunting mellotron
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  13. 6.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    On Sundowner, Morby’s storytelling isn’t just the album’s centerpiece – it’s an overcompensation
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  14. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It’s still a well-produced record that plods along with a rustic charm and the occasional hook, but anyone who has followed Morby throughout his career knows he could be an icon in the modern indie-folk scene
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  15. 6.0 |   NME

    The singer-songwriter reflects on his Kansas City beginnings on his pensive, sometimes frustrating sixth album, which features folk hero Waxahatchee
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