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Joan Shelley

Joan Shelley

Joan Shelley

Fourth album from the Kentucky folk singer produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
No Quarter
UK Release date
05/05/2017
US Release date
05/05/2017
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    In Jeff Tweedy, singer-songwriter Joan Shelley has surely met her perfect production partner. This, her fourth album, is simply magical
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  2. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Joan Shelley the musician appears to have total mastery of her art; ‘Joan Shelley’ the album exploits that mastery with a grace all of its own
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  3. 8.3 |   Gig Soup

    Four albums in, Joan Shelley has refined her craft to pinpoint clarity, in the process creating her best record yet
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  4. 8.1 |   Paste Magazine

    She is a tremendous talent, poised for a long and productive career in folk music, with a breakthrough into much bigger things very easy to envision
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Her stately clear voice a rock at which the world flings itself in vain. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Her shyness is amplified, her words more direct. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's the interplay between Shelley and Salsburg - imagine a less strident, bluegrass state version of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch - that administers the bulk of the album's emotional heft. It's comfort food that's as nourishing as it is tasty
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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    Simply put, a revelation. Print edition only

  9. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    Hr most intimate record yet, bracing and dense, featuring subtle production touches from Jeff Tweedy
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  10. 7.5 |   The 405

    A largely satisfying record with some moments of true magic
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  11. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Sounds like a collection of the world's most downcast sea shanties
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  12. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    There's really nowhere to hide on an album this pared back – it's both a strength and a weakness
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