Ashley Monroe - Sparrow
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Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #72 / 719
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Based on 25 ratings
2018 Ratings: #241
April 20, 2018 / Release Date
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Warner Nashville / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

If Like A Rose re-introduced Ashley Monroe after several failed attempts at kickstarting her music career, and The Blade was an artistic and critical breakthrough, on the rich, rewarding Sparrow, the singer has found the perfect marriage of songs, arrangements and performances.

90
AllMusic

More than anything, Sparrow is sharply constructed as an album, setting a mood with its first song and then finding variations on this lush, enveloping sound. It's a record designed for late nights, whether those nights are lonely or romantic.

89
Paste
Choosing instead to work with Dave Cobb, the man behind the boards for Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton’s recent triumphs was a brilliant move on her part. Their collaboration has resulted in one of the strongest and most grown up country albums to be released this decade.
80
Slant Magazine

Monroe is unparalleled at fusing classicist country songwriting with a modern sheen, something she proved on The Blade, which deftly balances traditional country sounds with bubbly pop. With Sparrow, she's topped even that achievement, creating a rich and emotional album that feels deeply connected to the past but also fully engaged with the present.

80
PopMatters
Music has provided her with the entry into paradise.
77
Pitchfork
The Nashville singer-songwriter looks backwards to move forward on an album that filters contemporary desires and sorrows through the timeless vernacular of country.
65
Spectrum Culture
With its subtle melodies, mid-tempo tracks and consistent orchestration, the album risks repetitiveness.
77
Ashley Monroe’s name regularly shows up on lists of should-be-more-popular contemporary country artists. It’s kind of inexplicable that she isn’t bigger (actually, sexism would explain it), but between her gorgeous vocals, sharp pen, and strong traditionalist instincts, Monroe has earned herself a sizable underground country following. “Sparrow” is actually far more Americana than country, but she’s a perfect fit for Dave Cobb’s lush, string-heavy ... read more
FrankD
85
Fav Tracks: hands on you, mother's daughter, I'm trying to, daddy I told you,
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Track List

  1. Orphan
  2. Hard On a Heart
  3. Hands On You
  4. Mother's Daughter
  5. Rita
  6. Wild Love
  7. This Heaven
  8. I'm Trying To
  9. She Wakes Me Up
  10. Paying Attention
  11. Daddy I Told You
  12. Keys to the Kingdom
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