- Singing Saw

Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
CRITIC SCORE
82
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Rank: #38 / 714
USER SCORE
78
Based on
205 ratings

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94
Sputnikmusic

Singing Saw is one of those albums that immediately captures your interest, but offers enough depth and hidden intricacies to make every subsequent listen just as rewarding.

85
Under The Radar
There's a strong sense of ambition on these recordings, a strong sense of purpose.
85
The Line of Best Fit

For all the tragedy that’s to be found within Singing Saw, it is a warm, welcoming album, every second of it informed by a knowledge of the transience of all things.

83
Pitchfork

Singing Saw is his strongest album because it shows a process of refinement, and because Morby’s songwriting has become less referential and more grounded. The basic ingredients haven’t changed, but Morby is figuring out how to retain and amplify his strongest points—his weary and wise voice, his understanding of how the musical pieces fit together—and leave everything else behind.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Morby’s third album Singing Saw is a collection of polished songs — even if much of its latter half blurs together.

80
Loud and Quiet
This is a real gem from a man who’s long hinted he was capable of one.
80
Drowned in Sound

As a whole, Singing Saw is Morby’s best work. He’s becoming one of the most memorable singer songwriters to emerge from the States in years.

80
AllMusic

The match of songs and sounds on Singing Saw delivers on all the promise of his earlier records, while firmly establishing Morby as one of the best singer/songwriters going.

80
NME

Using twilight walks into the mountains as inspiration and the shabby house he shares with his girlfriend, his guitars and an old piano as his base, Morby cooked up a glorious third album.

80
PopMatters

Singing Saw is the sound of affirmation, of both hard-earned talent and childlike imagination. As a result, Morby has discovered a sound which is organic without ever quoting, rocking without ever rolling at the same time, transcending while barely leaving the ground.

80
musicOMH

Morby has crafted a more diverse and atmospheric set of contexts, environments that mostly offer that voice the space to be centre stage, but which offer musical contributions that compensate for its emphasis on clarity and phrasing over melody.

80
Exclaim!

An album that finds him light-years beyond his previous release, revealing him to be one of today's most promising singer-songwriters.

80
No Ripcord

Singing Saw will be remembered as a breakthrough moment from an artist who’s now more comfortable articulating his own visual language.

80
Clash

From the warm analogue production feel to the blemished vocal takes, ‘Singing Saw’ sounds timeless, with flashes of Dylan, cult Searching For Sugar Man star Rodriguez, and Bill Fay throughout.

75
Consequence of Sound
While he may not be breaking new ground here, Morby shows that there’s plenty of resonance yet to be mined from familiar tropes while also finally finding a distinct voice within.
60
DIY
Definitely an album of two halves, by the time you hit ‘Ferris Wheel’ and ‘Destroyer’ the record drifts off into Dylan-isms that while are nice enough, don’t carry the same idiosyncratic weight of ‘Singing Saw’ or ‘Drunk and On A Star’ that will some day carve out a classic from this hugely promising talent.
May 11, 2017
90
One Word Review: Strum
Jan 2, 2017
82
A couple top flight tracks carry this album. Strong play all the way through. Its an album I am rooting for this year. It just feels right.
Sep 2, 2016
Kokolores
80
A very mature and recourceful folk rock album of a young man.
May 17, 2016
Sinestroll
86
★★★★★: I Have Been to the Mountain
May 9, 2016*
75
Kevin Morby produces a bold and deep sound in this sophomore record. The instrumentals are great, they match perfectly with the mood of every track. The guitars, the soft synthesizers and the ocassionally backing vocals are a nice touch to Morby's beautiful ones. I don't care that it's not a fresh and innovating sound, for his career it's a breath of air that takes him to a place where you just wanna lay and feel the lyrics, which brings me to the standout of this album, it seems ... read more
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Added on: January 19, 2016