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The Lookout

Laura Veirs

The Lookout

Tenth album from the Oregon folk singer-songwriter produced by her husband Tucker Martine

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  1. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Repeated plays bring rewards as the nuances of the album – the intricate fingerpicking, Veirs’ vocal range, the orchestration – open up to the listener like spring petals
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The songs here are lean, supple, confident. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    The Lookout is a wonder - open-hearted, free-thinking and grown-up in all the best ways. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This album has been well worth the wait. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The Lookout not only shows Veirs prevailing as a prolific songwriter, but also proving she has a welcomed perspective to emotional turmoil
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  6. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    What could be a convoluted jumble is instead a beautifully fashioned collection of sounds that flow and shift from the ornate qualities of “When It Grows Darkest” to the stark piano and voice of “The Meadow”
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  7. 8.0 |   NME

    There are many ways to find solace in the unstable world we live in, and ‘The Lookout’ is Veirs’ quietly optimistic manifesto
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Deeply moving and satisfying
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  9. 8.0 |   music OMH

    She opens her personal world up as safe haven in these strange and noisy times, whilst still keeping you at arm’s length, listening for secrets
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  10. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Like the campfires people gather around throughout the record, The Lookout is meant to offer comfort; which it does
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  11. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    ‘The Lookout’ deserves to be as successful as the ‘case/lang/veirs’ album
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  12. 8.0 |   All Music

    The 12-track set is both expansive and profoundly intimate, with Veirs focusing her attention on the precarious space that human beings occupy socially and physically in an increasingly polarized and digitized world
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  13. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The overriding impression is of a rigorous songwriter at the peak of her powers
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  14. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Maybe as long as she’s making songs we’ll all be alright
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  15. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The Lookout treats us to exactly what we’d expect from Laura Veirs in well-crafted and thoughtful songs delivered with a warm and reassuring familiarity.
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  16. 7.5 |   The 405

    Turn off the rolling cable news, put on ‘The Lookout,’ and forget your woes for forty minutes
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  17. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    A solid collection of songs that show Veirs for what she is: a reliably consistent, sometimes inspired, singer and songwriter
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  18. 7.1 |   Earbuddy

    Ultimately, The Lookout is a comfortable release from Veirs; one that’s familiar but still good
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  19. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s Veirs’ words that pack the greatest punch on The Lookout
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  20. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Some tracks come in harder, some leave a lighter footprint; all remain in keeping with the path weaved throughout her career
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  21. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Veirs approaches chaos and instability with warmth
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