To The Sunset

Amanda Shires - To The Sunset
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #49 / 716
User Score
Based on 36 ratings
2018 Ratings: #391
August 3, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Silver Knife, Thirty Tigers / Label
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God Is in the TV

This time around in particular, there’s an eclectic, almost electric sort of sharpness to Shires’ voice that not only ensures she takes centre stage, together with her songs, but also allows her to harness the power and precision of a great country singer while all the while performing as an artist more styled to the southern rock genre that’s growing in popularity.

Really, her new album is the expansive next step she’s been working toward all along.
The Independent

Musically progressive, it’s Shires most ambitious work to date; nasty, stomping Southern rock sits next to poppier fare and several moments of quiet introspection.

The Skinny

With a hint of Nanci Griffith and Conor Oberst, Amanda Shires is on fine form sounding nothing short of Presidential on To the Sunset.

Rolling Stone

The rising Americana singer-songwriter flips the script on her ambitious seventh LP, with help from husband Jason Isbell.


Singer/violinist Amanda Shires avoids easy lessons and genre expectations in crafting a catchy and challenging new album.

American Songwriter

It’s her boldest, toughest and at times most melancholy release, challenging herself and her audience, to look ahead, not back.


At ten songs and a filler-free 32 minutes, To the Sunset is relatively brief, but it marks a substantial — and very successful — shift for Shires towards a progressive, literate and ambitious blend of rock, folk and pop music.

Spectrum Culture

To the Sunset is well worth your time and attention, regardless of how you feel about country music or indie rock.

Amanda Shires is worth giving your attention towards. Her take on country music with an gritty, loud, anti-folk spin on it is a breath of fresh air. The effects and production shed more change than her actual singing style and rhythm sometimes, but it's not to the point it's distracting. From Shires words to her guitar, To The Sunset has many shades of comfort, inspiration, and wonder.
Ok so I don’t like country at all I can’t stand it. So when I saw that this was listed under alt-country I was thinking that I was still going to hate it. But to my surprise it wasn't that bad still not my kind of music but it wasn't all about girls trucks and sex so that's a plus. The album itself has its ups and downs. I liked about 5 of the songs on it but what I liked was just ok to me.
Amanda Shires may be the less famous of the top couple within Americana, but over the past couple of years she seems to be getting more attention for her solo work. I couldn’t think of many more deserving: Shires is a triple threat — a fantastic songwriter, vocalist, and instrumentalist (her violin playing is both skillful and expressive). “To The Sunset” is a more high-budget affair than her previous albums, as the brightly colored album art might suggest. Shires ... read more
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Track List

  1. Parking Lot Pirouette
  2. Swimmer
  3. Leave It Alone
  4. Charms
  5. Eve's Daughter
  6. Break out the Champagne
  7. Take on the Dark
  8. White Feather
  9. Mirror, Mirror
  10. Wasn't I Paying Attention
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Added on: July 24, 2018