In the Shape of a Storm

Damien Jurado - In the Shape of a Storm
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #74 / 201
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
2019 Ratings: #187
April 12, 2019 / Release Date
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Mama Bird / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

In the Shape of a Storm ... seems essential as a showcase of his songcraft at its most elemental.

80
The Skinny

In the Shape of a Storm features some of the sweetest songs Damien Jurado has ever recorded.

80
Under The Radar

In the Shape of a Storm rallies in its own way, stripping away all the frills, finding its emotional center with a deep sense of yearning and affection.

78
Paste

Jurado possesses a gift for elevated simplicity, and this quality graces In the Shape of a Storm and gives its ten songs a pleasingly rounded shape.

75
The Line of Best Fit

Further listens reveal In the Shape of a Storm – boosted by Jurado’s hypnotically committed, intimate performances - to hold together surprisingly well considering the disparate origins of the material.

74
Pitchfork

The singer-songwriter’s intimate 14th studio album strips down to spare acoustic guitar, lingering on the moments when the buzzing world around all but fades away.

70
Exclaim!

As with so much of Jurado's work, In the Shape of a Storm is simple in its construction, but panoramic in its impact.

70
PopMatters

Quiet and confident, Damien Jurado gives us ten songs bared to the bone but filled with soul on In the Shape of a Storm.

Doofy
67
Certainly has a couple of worthy tunes but to my surprise the stripped back approach reveals more of Jurado’s limitations than his strengths.
usedtobe
92
At once, intimate, sparse and cinematic that plays between the romantic and unrequited. This is his most heartfelt work to date. Lincoln is a beautiful opener.
winitheju
80
Damien's (what feels like) 852nd album is his most cohesive in years
65
"Lincoln" did a great job with setting the mood of the album, its lone guitar and gentle vocals lulling you into calmness. This minimalistic combination was more successful in some tracks than in others though. Such simplicity needs a very special song to truly shine, and I didn't feel that all songs really lived up to that. With that said, Damien Jurado set the tone and feeling of the album in its first track, and held that narrative throughout the album. It's a very cohesive ... read more
holsgr
59
☆☆½ ~ I think this is a good/enjoyable album. Maybe feels a bit inconsistent at times, but it was a pleasant listen anyway.
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Track List

  1. Lincoln
  2. Newspaper Gown
  3. Oh Weather
  4. South
  5. Throw Me Now Your Arms
  6. Where You Want Me to Be
  7. Silver Ball
  8. The Shape of a Storm
  9. Anchors
  10. Hands on the Table
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Added on: March 29, 2019