The Lookout

Laura Veirs - The Lookout
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2018 Ratings: #217 / 876
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Based on 63 ratings
2018 Ratings: #417
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Northern Transmissions

For her tenth album, Veirs merges folk, country, electronics, rock and experimentation into a record with endless colours. Even as she stumbles into territory that’s a little too samey, she never outstays her welcome.

The Observer

Veirs’s 10th solo album is perhaps her most satisfying yet, the deceptively simple songs sketched out on acoustic guitar or piano (the lovely The Meadow is particularly minimalist) and subtly embellished by her band and producer husband, Tucker Martine.

The Skinny

There are triumphs here – not least the title track which marches along at a sprightly pace graced by some lovely violin sounds. But there are also songs that worry at their subjects, circling and darting in and out of the light.


In The Lookout, Veirs has done what she does best. Instantly recognisable and comforting, she opens her personal world up as safe haven in these strange and noisy times, whilst still keeping you at arm’s length, listening for secrets.


She imbues The Lookout with that same quiet confidence, deftly weaving richly detailed, forward-thinking confections out of confessional singer/songwriter tropes.

American Songwriter

Viers’ voice ... is hypnotic, even trance-inducing, tying the melodic threads together, creating vistas far too alluring and challenging to snooze through, even on an album that feels like a waking dream.


There are many ways to find solace in the unstable world we live in, and ‘The Lookout’ is Veirs’ quietly optimistic manifesto.

The Independent

The Lookout not only shows Veirs prevailing as a prolific songwriter, but also proving she has a welcomed perspective to emotional turmoil.


Like the campfires people gather around throughout the record, The Lookout is meant to offer comfort; which it does.

The Line of Best Fit

Ultimately, at minimum, The Lookout treats us to exactly what we’d expect from Laura Veirs in well-crafted and thoughtful songs delivered with a warm and reassuring familiarity.

The 405

‘The Lookout’ ... is a lushly arranged affair, that foregrounds Veirs’ deceptively simple indie-folk songcraft as she explores what it means to look out for each other in turbulent times.


A solid collection of songs that show Veirs for what she is: a reliably consistent, sometimes inspired, singer and songwriter.

Drowned in Sound

With The Lookout, Veirs has synthesised both these personal and political feelings into something that can sometimes feel timeless, offering a beacon to hold in the darkness.

Under The Radar

The Lookout certainly offers nothing that can't be immediately pegged as a Laura Veirs track. That doesn't have to be a bad thing. The joy of returning to an artist like Veirs comes in the subtle variation.

Spectrum Culture

While efforts to be a call to action or to appreciate the world are too subdued to achieve their goal, the album still shows Veirs to be a graceful songwriter who approaches even chaos and instability with warmth.


One of the best singer-songwriters living on american soil, Laura Veirs increases more elements on her latest effort and certifies her career as one of the most promising and long running of all folk music in the world.


The final song on Laura Veirs’ The Lookout closes the album on a particularly striking image of hope. ‘Zozobra’ is a track licked by the flames of the same gnarled electric guitar sound that characterised her previous album, 2013’s Warp and Weft. That evocation of flames is appropriate as the song’s title references the famous 50ft effigy, also known as Old Man Gloom, which gets set alight as part of the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe in New Mexico. By burning Old Man ... read more



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Track List

  1. Margaret Sands
  2. Everybody Needs You
  3. Seven Falls
  4. Mountains of the Moon
  5. Watch Fire (feat. Sufjan Stevens)
  6. Heavy Petals
  7. The Lookout
  8. The Meadow
  9. The Canyon
  10. Lightning Rod
  11. When It Grows Darkest
  12. Zozobra

Year End Lists

#40/Norman Records
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Added on: January 30, 2018