To The Sunset

Amanda Shires - To The Sunset
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #55 / 735
User Score
Based on 39 ratings
2018 Ratings: #342
August 3, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Silver Knife, Thirty Tigers / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
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.

85
Paste
Really, her new album is the expansive next step she’s been working toward all along.
80
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.

80
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.

80
Rolling Stone

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

80
PopMatters

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

80
American Songwriter

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

80
Exclaim!

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.

75
Spectrum Culture

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

luisdelrey2016
83
Shires arrives with her most vulnerable, cohesive and pristine record to date. To The Sunset, as an idea and as a body of work, it is a well performed scenery from her inner chaos.

FAVS: Parking Lot Pirouette, Leave It Alone, Charms, Take on the Dark
LEAST FAV: Mirror, Mirror
TheRootBoy
79
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.
ChrisMan
93
Parking Lot Pirouette - 7/10
Swimmer - 10/10
Leave It Alone - 10/10
Charms - 10/10
Eve's Daughter - 10/10
Break out the Champagne - 10/10
Take on the Dark - 9/10
White Feather - 10/10
Mirror, Mirror - 9/10
Wasn't I Paying Attention - 8/10
CheapandLethal
60
Fairly uninspiring
69
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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