- The Order of Time

Valerie June - The Order of Time
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Rank: #5 / 522
USER SCORE
74
Based on
104 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

Her follow-up to 2013’s sublime Pushin’ Against A Stone finds Valerie June expanding her unique blend of blues, soul and mountain music to create a distinctive hybrid in which past and future coalesce with gentle power.

90
Slant Magazine
This is music that's made to sound like it might have sprung up from the ground beneath our feet but just as easily could have descended from another dimension.
90
PopMatters

Valerie June follows-up a highly regarded debut with a stronger, tighter set of songs around the theme of time and its passing. The Order of Time is unique and presents a confident and dynamic songwriter and performer with a rich background in stylistic and regional influences.

90
Exclaim!
This is the singer-songwriter as wise woman, as wickedly sharp village witch.
80
The Guardian
Her second album finds the Tennessean again blending genres – folk, classic pop, soul and Appalachian bluegrass – into a cohesive whole, thanks to her top-notch songwriting and sublime musicianship.
80
AllMusic

With The Order of Time, she exudes the languid pace of the South with poetic songs and spacy arrangements that breeze out through the screen door.

70
American Songwriter

More ornate and richly produced than any of her previous recordings, The Order Of Time fully establishes June as a proper auteur who has long transcended any limitations as a quaint revivalist.

Mar 24, 2017
winitheju
64
I found her voice annoying.
Aug 13, 2017
DachetG
85
Valerie June’s sound is a distinctive one. The music is R&B, soul, and some rock-n-roll, while the singing is absolutely country western. It is uplifting, joyous, and fun, with some slower, solemn parts. The artist is a true find.

BEST – 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 19, 12

01. Long Lonely Road – 7.5 – A nice, slow start.
02. Love You Once Made – 8.5 – It grows larger as it goes on, switching genres.
03. Shakedown – 8 - The song really jumps off later.
04. If ... read more
Aug 12, 2017
FlimFlam
85
Quite a pleasant surprise here! I had to adjust to the twang of the vocals, but once I did I found Valerie June’s voice to be quite beautiful. She certain knows how to use the singing talent she has, and she can write great songs too that incorporate instrumentation from a few different styles. At times, this album sounds like rock, at times, blues or soul, and at other times, folk. I found this album to be quite charming, because the music was so enthralling and the lyrics were so ... read more
Jul 7, 2017
82
I understand that her voice seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of deal, but I'm definitely in the former category. In my opinion, her nasal drawl is packed with a soulfulness that sets her apart from other Americana artists, and her music is rooted in a traditional sensibility that comes off as more genuine and less trend-chasing than some of her contemporaries. It's a grower, and full of subtle beauty.
Jun 11, 2017
Music_Observer
73
This soul/blues/rock album does just enough to maintain solidity through consistently engaging melodic lines, and while the music sometimes got too heavy when layers weren’t being diversified, June’s voice and passion hit home very well. My Score: 131/180 (Solid) = 73/100
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MISC LISTS
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Track List
  1. Long Lonely Road
  2. Love You Once Made
  3. Shake Down
  4. If And
  5. Man Done Wrong
  6. The Front Door
  7. Astral Plane
  8. Just In Time
  9. With You
  10. Slip Slide On By
  11. Two Hearts
  12. Got Soul
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Added on: October 25, 2016