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Purple Mountains

Purple Mountains

Purple Mountains

Ten years after the end of Silver Jews, David Berman returns with a new project featuring Jeremy Earl of Woods

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Life has tested David Berman, and he translates it into songs of mordant wit on this fantastic collaboration with Woods
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  2. 10.0 |   NOW

    Beyond the amber waves of grain, Purple Mountains offer fans a feast of food for thought
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  3. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An album of sad-bastard music of the highest order
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It may not be the 2019’s easiest listen, but it’s certainly its most honest, and one of the year’s most rewarding
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  5. 9.0 |   The Music

    It’s both universal and nakedly personal. It’s funny and entertaining too
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  6. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    With strings, thoughtful arrangements, backup vocals, and rich production plus David Berman's inimitable wordplay and phrasing, Purple Mountains is a true masterpiece
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  7. 9.0 |   Uncut

    An excellent return to form for Berman; a worthy next chapter for a songwriter who quit, many believed, in his prime. Print edition only

  8. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    David Berman’s first new music in over a decade is a marvelous collection of heartbreak, grief, and bitterness. His careful writing has never sounded so exacting or direct
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  9. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Every song is a vivid glimpse of Berman's miserable and acute self-awareness that will break your heart and fill you with ecstasy
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  10. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    He’s just as bummed out as ever on Purple Mountains, and he still makes being bummed out sound better than just about anyone else
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  11. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A fine and moving addition to his oeuvre
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  12. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    It's a new start for an artist who many had proclaimed early retirement. And even if he hasn't cheered up, his return does feel consistent with his downtrodden nature—and we can only listen as it all unfolds
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  13. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Purple Mountains is the strongest return one could hope for from Berman
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  14. 8.0 |   Q

    The curiously carved music is a perfect frame. Another peak. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It is the sound of David Berman coming back from the cold and converting it to a welcoming, lyrical warmth. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    At all times, Berman’s ruminative voice is a commanding force over scuffled indie, toe-tappy country pop and occasional Mariachi-style infusions of brass. It’s good to have him back
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  17. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Where 2008’s Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea felt like a group affair, Purple Mountains re-centres the experiences of David Berman in a way unheard since his 90s output
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  18. 7.0 |   The 405

    Although the songwriting is quality enough to make a lot of modern singers jealous, Purple Mountains is lacking in adventurism
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  19. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Purple Mountains is the sound of that guy starting to come to terms with his reality, and maybe building a new emotional architecture in the wreckage. In any case, keep ’em coming. The journey is worth it
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  20. 6.0 |   The FT

    Although his monotonous vocal style and a lack of musical variation prevent the album from really taking off, its movement towards consolation with the irresistible “Storyline Fever” feels like a deserved victory
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