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The Lillywhite Sessions

Ryley Walker

The Lillywhite Sessions

Sixth full-length release by Chicago singer-songwriter, drummer Ryan Jewell and bassist Andrew Scott Young covering Dave Matthews’ infamously abandoned 2001 art-rock masterpiece of the same name

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  1. 8.0 |   All Music

    Walker plays it exceedingly straight, even when he's delivering good-time numbers like "Kit Kat Jam." This po-faced sincerity winds up underscoring Walker's debt to Dave Matthews Band -- they now seem like a clear influence on his adventurous folk-jazz -- while also highlighting the imagination behind the original set of songs.
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Not just for Dave Matthews Band fans, Ryley Walker's The Lillywhite Sessions is a reminder that taste is subjective, timing is everything, and you don't always choose the ones you love
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  3. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The start-to-finish interpretations are inclusively weird and wonderful – Walker lobs jazz bombs, avant-garde grenades and abrasive Americana into the mix and strolls away without looking back
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    Completely unexpected, utterly brilliant. Print edition only

  5. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    He convincingly connects his adolescent love to his adult explorations
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  6. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    This labor of love represents an earnest conversation between a musical trailblazer and a young fan—an interplay of innovation and tribute that many music fans would likely endorse
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  7. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    It’s hard to know whether DMD stalwarts familiar with the original sessions will take kindly to this interpretation, but it hardly matters. More than a few of us might start scrambling into that discography, seeking the edgier, more exhilarating moments until we see what Walker has seen in this music all these years
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  8. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    So while there is, without question, a wink, these covers come from a place of love
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  9. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The Lillywhite Sessions doesn't just open another window into Walker's mind, it points out a door to a place beyond. Not everyone will want to go too far through it, but it's an alluring gateway. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   The Observer

    This, then, is more of a curio than a proper follow-up to May’s Deafman Glance, and is likely to be of far greater interest to DMB completists than the casual listener, but it makes for an at times intriguing project
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  11. 5.0 |   Uncut

    He overthinks the rambling "JTR" and overstuffs the messy collage "Monkey Man." Print edition only

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