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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. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An album of sad-bastard music of the highest order
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  3. 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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  4. 9.0 |   The Music

    It’s both universal and nakedly personal. It’s funny and entertaining too
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  5. 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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  6. 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

  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A fine and moving addition to his oeuvre
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  10. 8.0 |   Q

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

  11. 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

  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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