Durand Jones & The Indications - American Love Call
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2019 Ratings: #268 / 596
Year End Rank: #43
User Score
Based on 222 ratings
2019 Ratings: #96
March 1, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian

There simply isn’t a weak or even middling track, and the strongest can go toe to toe with the best of Al Green or Bobby Womack.

80
PopMatters

American Love Call takes Durand Jones and the Indications to new heights of musicianship, and it turns out that they are, indeed, much stronger the more they work together.

80
American Songwriter

Some selections recycle musical and lyrical clichés from the golden age of soul they are emulating. But the album is so beautifully performed and meticulously crafted.

80
NME

The Indiana five-piece have created a timeless, optimistic listen – a great American soul record for these times, an homage to giants such as Sam Cooke and Al Green.

70
AllMusic

American Love Call is an outstanding example of how craft and passion can walk hand in hand, and puts Durand Jones & the Indications near the top of the heap in the retro-soul sweepstakes.

70
Under The Radar
If you're looking for the next great soul band and you're up for occasionally being challenged by well-aimed socially conscious lyrics, this is the album for you.
66
Pitchfork

Jones and crew trade their infectious bounce for punch-drunk sway, leaning fully into orchestral soul.

60
Spill Magazine
I am sure Durand and the band have created something that they can be super proud of, an accurate recording of their current vision. I however will keep holding my breath for the next one; the one that unleashes the absolute beast of a Soul singer that the humble Mr. Jones most certainly is.
Dynade
90
Gourgeous and lavish soul. Some of the best I’ve heard in a while. Beautiful production that complements the emotional singing. Good range of song topics and styles. The horns and pianos are especially chilling, but the album still has a warm, summery vibe.

Favorites: Morning in America, Don’t You Know, Circles, Court of Love, Long Way Home, Walk Away, Sea Gets Hotter, How Can I Be Sure, True Love

Worst: Too Many Tears
PatrickL0419
72
As far as contemporary soul recordings go, this is a very laidback and cohesive collection of tracks whose heartfelt musicianship shines through.
Fabi
80
this album was a huge surprise. really enjoyed it.
Kal3n
90
I loved this album. This album contains the best performances of 2019 so far, with great vocals and songwriting, great performances from the band and just the lovely vibe it gives of. I love it.

AMAZING TRACKS: "Morning in America", "Court of Love", "Don't You Know", "Walk Away", "Listen to Your Heart", "Sea Gets Hotter", "True Love"

GREAT TRACKS: "Circles", "What I Know About You", "How Can I Be ... read more
dearsongs
70
Decent facsimile of classic soul with a touch of funk. I don't feel that this album reaches the same heights of the true top artists of the past, but I commend modern bands who are making albums that have this type of sound. Musically the album is quite good, but I strongly Prefer Durand Jones' voice while I'm not as big on Frazer's falsetto.

There are undoubtedly some really strong tracks, specifically the album starts off with a top notch one-two punch.
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#42/MOJO

Track List

  1. Morning in America
  2. Don’t You Know
  3. Circles
  4. Court of Love
  5. Long Way Home
  6. Too Many Tears
  7. Walk Away
  8. What I Know About You
  9. Listen to Your Heart
  10. Sea Gets Hotter
  11. How Can I Be Sure
  12. True Love
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