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Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited

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Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited

The American dream pop outfit release a remake of country pioneer Bobby Gentry's second album, feature guest vocals from Norah Jones, Beth Orton, Phoebe Bridgers, Margo Price and more

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Bella Union
UK Release date
08/02/2019
US Release date
08/02/2019
  1. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    The guest singers have different voices but share a casual, sleepy delivery that maintains a coherent tone and makes this far from a novelty compilation. It’s a treasure
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  2. 9.0 |   The Music

    A compelling listen from start to finish
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  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    By turns lovely, haunting, exciting, and emotive
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  4. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    A gorgeously rendered re-imagining of an under-appreciated artist’s most under-appreciated work
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  5. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A record that stands as a celebration of the trailblazing spirit of figures like Gentry and Bunyan, women who made early inroads into the music industry on their own terms, and it’s a record that comes across as firmly led by their successors
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Miscues are few, and at its best, Mercury Rev’s ‘Delta Sweete’ manages to breathe new life into Gentry’s album while also producing material as good as anything the band have done this century
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Seen as a sensitive collective tribute it’s hard to view it as anything else than a success
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The standout performance comes from country singer Margo Price, who depicts living a life in fear of a vengeful God on the powerful Sermon (“God almighty’s gonna cut you down”)
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  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A sensitive re-rendering which approaches each song on a case-by-case basis
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Rebooted with tender opulence, affectionate awe, and full commitment o a widescreen, almost transcendental experience. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    At the very least, Rev’s somewhat radical interpretation will alert Americana fans to Gentry’s unfairly neglected gem, now ready for a belated rediscovery
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  12. 7.2 |   Paste Magazine

    If you haven’t heard The Delta Sweete before, here’s a gift for you. And if you have, here’s something new
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  13. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Overall, this one's worth it. Print edition only

  14. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Both artists would seem to be intensely evocative of the landscapes that birthed them - Gentry of the sweltering Delta, Mercury Rev of the haunted Catskills. And the meeting works, too, an intense, hazy hybrid of two musical vision
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  15. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The experimental rockers and several guests unite to pay tribute to a classic Southern album
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  16. 6.0 |   Q

    They carefully remodel Gentry's Southern storytelling. Print edition only

  17. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Interesting, often fun, but never essential
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  18. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Mercury Rev validate and celebrate Bobbie Gentry’s artistic bravery 51 years on
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  19. 4.5 |   Pitchfork

    Affectionate but misguided tribute that’s nowhere close to satisfying
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