The Horizon Just Laughed

Damien Jurado - The Horizon Just Laughed
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #120 / 722
User Score
Based on 55 ratings
2018 Ratings: #159
May 4, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Profoundly authentic, nostalgic, and graceful throughout, The Horizon Just Laughed does nothing less than reaffirm that Jurado is one of the best songwriters in the business.

80
The Line of Best Fit

The Horizon Just Laughed continues Jurado's recent winning streak.

80
Exclaim!

The Horizon Just Laughed is an album capable of moving listeners figuratively and literally. The pastiche of genres aptly complement and accent the American folk foundation that he's built his style and brand on.

80
Northern Transmissions
So few artists manage to capture that old folk sense of storytelling in their music anymore, but Damien Jurado treats it as a paramount of his writing. On a record full of smooth grooves and often relaxing sounds, the lyricism of Jurado is what often shines brightest.
80
Pitchfork
These eleven songs are among the most incisive but somehow most ponderous ones Jurado has ever written, lined up from end to end without a wasted note, layer, line, or word.
80
Spectrum Culture

Altogether, The Horizon Just Laughed is yet another well-crafted addition to Jurado’s wide-ranging discography, not to mention a testament to his under-recognized songwriting abilities. While it may not have the musical glitz of the Maraqopa trilogy, its sophisticated instrumentation and its ruminations on people and places combine to form an utterly poignant portrait of the travails of isolation and connection. It might be Jurado at his most in control of his storytelling craft.

78
Paste

Jurado’s new album, the descriptively titled The Horizon Just Laughed might be his most expressive outing yet.

70
PopMatters

The Horizon Just Laughed finds Jurado, like the stray souls that populate his songs, restless and searching.

dijkvanruben
94
There's something about Damien Jurado, and especially this latest record of his, that I just can't seem to apprehend or verbalize; this is just magical.
mattgoold
83
Damien Jurado should not be still making albums this good given how long he's been doing it. His calming voice is as pure, true, and sure as it has ever been and The Horizon Just Laughed has legitimate claim to be his finest work yet.
winitheju
75
Think this one is flying under the radar but it's pretty good
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#14/OOR
#27/Digital Trends
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Track List

  1. Allocate
  2. Dear Thomas Wolfe
  3. Percy Faith
  4. Over Rainbows and Rainier
  5. The Last Great Washington State
  6. Cindy Lee
  7. 1973
  8. Marvin Kaplan
  9. Lou-Jean
  10. Florence-Jean
  11. Random Fearless
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Added on: March 6, 2018