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Deafman Glance

Ryley Walker

Deafman Glance

Fifth album from the Rockford, Illinois singer-songwriter and guitarist produced by former Wilco multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach

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  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Earworms slathered with dirt and abstraction, or smudged by painterly marks
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  2. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    A preoccupied and deeply immersed heart-art journal, graced with discreetly nailed-on band performances while simultaneously worrying away at its own edges
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Picks up the thread he's laid down with the stronger songs on Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A superbly crafted reiteration of Walker's aesthetic, with the Chicago scene influences of 2016's Golden Sings That Have Been Sung given greater prominence. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    When it works, it really does make an impact, and further cements the guitarist as one of the most creative composers of our generation
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    With its fascination quotient running so high, Walker's musical restlessness generously offers a sense of welcome anticipation that listeners can return to almost endlessly
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  7. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    After several albums of traditional, jazzy folk-rock, the Chicago-based singer-songwriter finds a more instinctive voice
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  8. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    A record of elegantly wrought details, and it begs for a close listen free of life's many distractions
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  9. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Walker is still ultimately a troubadour at heart, a keeper of old languages retelling us stories from years past, and Deafman Glance shows that he’s continuing to sharpen his tongue
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  10. 7.0 |   The Music

    Occasionally amounts to a disorientating listen but never tips over the edge into wilful self-indulgence
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  11. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Deafman Glance is a great record, and it proves – if nothing else – that sometimes a change is as good as a rest
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  12. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Walker’s admirable approach is more appreciated than enjoyed
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  13. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Attempting a bold departure from the English folk style, Ryley Walker and his pickup band's pseudo-jazz flourishes and prog-jam pretentions drift in search of a destination
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  14. 6.0 |   music OMH

    It’s a strange sort of record which doesn’t exactly grab you from the off, but has quality enough to keep you coming back, and at least suggests that Ryley Walker’s next move will be intriguing
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  15. 6.0 |   Q

    Repeated listens get you through the sophisticated structures to appreciate some mid-blowing moments, out-there lyrics, and, on Telluride Speed, hard-won prettiness. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Walker’s voice sounds like that of someone who has been through the wringer
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  17. 4.5 |   Earbuddy

    Walker turns in what could be his most uncharismatic performance to date. His presence is there, but he sounds like a bored Eddie Vedder
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