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Course In Fable

Ryley Walker

Course In Fable

Latest release from the Rockford, Illinois singer-songwriter and guitarist produced by John McEntire of Tortoise and The Sea and Cake

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    A clear case of natural evolution, rather than calculated reinvention — and a record that opens a fresh chapter in Walker's story. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This exciting, moving, beautiful and complex album sounds only and exclusively like Ryley Walker music. Listen to it with the attention it so richly deserves, and rewards
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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Course In Fable’ is an overtly poppy album
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    As ever, Ryley Walker’s approach strips back well-worn truths, to reveal something startling underneath
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Walker may tip his hat to Chicago's experimental underground or prog behemoths like Genesis, but with this release, he's very much his own man
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It flits between rigorous, tricksy composition and kinetic improv. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The Illinois artist veers from prog to post-rock with a fair few stops in between on his latest record
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  8. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    This record feels like Ryley Walker is coming out of the hangover of dependency and the sun shining on his face is warm and welcoming rather than a slap in the face. Sink into it
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    A typically intricate affair
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  10. 7.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    For such a prolific, genre-blurring artist, we are lucky as listeners that all the pieces Ryley Walker’s set up over the past decade could coalesce in such a fine, tight 40 minutes
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  11. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    The singer-guitarist takes a new, rangy, proggy direction with an artful touch, finding some psychedelic wisdom between the profound and the mundane
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  12. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Walker’s fifth solo effort is a perfectly imperfect package with significant potential and just enough expanse to keep things interesting
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  13. 3.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A profoundly frustrating record
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