13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Banjos and choral harmonies, string sections and brushed drums, soft-sung lines like, "If it weren't for second chances we'd all be alone”—this is the magic of Gregory Alan Isakov. On his fourth studio album, the troubadour evokes the tender songcraft of such luminaries as Leonard Cohen, Elliott Smith, and M. Ward, spinning a set of mournful yarns adorned with a yard sale's worth of shopworn-sounding instruments. There's not a misfire on here, but "Amsterdam," "O'City Lights," and "The Universe" are particular standouts.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Banjos and choral harmonies, string sections and brushed drums, soft-sung lines like, "If it weren't for second chances we'd all be alone”—this is the magic of Gregory Alan Isakov. On his fourth studio album, the troubadour evokes the tender songcraft of such luminaries as Leonard Cohen, Elliott Smith, and M. Ward, spinning a set of mournful yarns adorned with a yard sale's worth of shopworn-sounding instruments. There's not a misfire on here, but "Amsterdam," "O'City Lights," and "The Universe" are particular standouts.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
297 Ratings

297 Ratings

Winwood ,

Life changing music...again.

I tell everyone I know, that listening to Gregory Alan Isakov will change your life. In my opinion, he is the most important voice in music today.

Greenbottom ,

Brilliance - plain and simple

It will take some time for the world to realize that we have been blessed with a new master singer songwriter to continue the great American tradition of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and James Taylor. Poetry set to simple progressions that haunt. Simple brilliance!

TallMegh ,

Finally!!!

It's been so long! The only good part of the absence of a new album is that it has given us a chance to see Gregory and friends live many times since This Empty Northern Hemisphere. In those appearances, we've heard at least 7 of the songs on this album, and they are all phenomenal. No surprises there! Amsterdam is my favorite, and I breathed a big sigh of relief when I saw it made the album. July 9th, get here faster! :)

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