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The Prodigal Son

Ry Cooder

The Prodigal Son

Sixteenth studio album from the LA americana/roots musician

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Perro Verde Records
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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    This is a great musician at the height of his powers, with his fingers on the pulse of the American nation, and in touch with both the pain and the hope that dwell within
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  2. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    A real treat for those who love roots music
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  3. 8.0 |   The FT

    Themes of resilience and redemption run through the songs, subtly tilted as commentary on the current fraught state of US politics
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  4. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    A joyful, intense and occasionally humorous experience that any Americana fan will enjoy
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Cooder's magnificent way with bottleneck on steel is often in evidence. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Ry Cooder’s long investigation of the permutations of the blues and possibilities of justice comes to rest here in the religious balm which remains inseparable from American music
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    Yet another act of committed intention from one of American music's greatest guardians and purveyors
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  8. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    He may be shining a critical light on a country straining under the weight of its shortcomings, but Cooder’s frontline despatch at least attempts to point towards a path of recovery, of dignity; a firmly-held belief that its people will rise again, battered but unbowed
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Exchanges pointed political commentary for spiritual songs of comfort and consolation
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  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The parade of fretboard styles Cooder brings to the album is masterly
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  11. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Prodigal Son reflects the journeyman-like persona Cooder has always cultivated
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  12. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Serves both as an urgent commentary on our current dystopia and a satisfying window into the interpretive process of a musical mastermind
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  13. 7.0 |   The Music

    Loose, dirty junkyard grooves with slide guitar that sounds like it's on the verge of spontaneous combustion
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