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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

ADM rating[?]

7.0

Label
Dead Oceans
UK Release date
18/05/2018
US Release date
18/05/2018
  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. Print edition only

  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 |   The Music

    Occasionally amounts to a disorientating listen but never tips over the edge into wilful self-indulgence
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  10. 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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  11. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Walker’s admirable approach is more appreciated than enjoyed
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  12. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    NEW 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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  13. 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

  14. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Walker’s voice sounds like that of someone who has been through the wringer
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  15. 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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