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Strand Of Oaks


Sixth album from Philadelphia-based folk rock singer-songwriter Timothy Showalter with contributions from members of My Morning Jacket as well as Jason Isbell

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  1. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Eraserland hits the hardest when Showalter is alone with his limber, echoing acoustic guitar. His voice reminds of other greats; he totally owns it as his own.
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    These simpatico players alternate between swaddling Showalter's introspective songs in downy ambience and dialling up the grandeur, before the Clash-like stomper "Moon Landing," with Jason Isbell blazing on electric guitar, relives the accrued existential torment. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    If 2017's Hard Love overreached, Eraserland is a successful recalibration. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Eraserland, a sometimes harrowing but ultimately hard-earned triumph, seems to have reinvigorated Showalter to keep Strand Of Oaks afloat as the search continues
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  5. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    A reinvigorated Timothy Showalter comes back to the light
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  6. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Eraserland is going directly for the stomach. It's about career worries. It's about aging. Basically, it's about all the insecurities
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  7. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    If this were to turn out to be his last (not that there's any way of knowing what he's thinking now), he'd be leaving a series of strong efforts and one that would send him off with a sobering acknowledgment that either way, life can go on
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  8. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Strand of Oaks’ most lasting, accessible album yet, one that’s not as concerned with its own internal drama and more interested in communicating the power in dreaming up a better life
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  9. 7.0 |   All Music

    Like all of Showalter's work, Eraserland seeks catharsis, but this time around it feels a little bit less aligned with the more hedonistic aspects of the journey
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  10. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Tim Showalter returns with a more expansive palette of his folk-rock sound
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