The Highwomen

The Highwomen - The Highwomen
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #251 / 689
User Score
Based on 113 ratings
2019 Ratings: #626
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September 6, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Low Country Sound, Elektra / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

89
Paste

Of this album’s 12 graceful, all equally important tracks, several bring new content to the country table.

83
Consequence of Sound

Their focus on meaningful songwriting and infectious camaraderie lead to a project whose sum is greater than its parts.

80
Rolling Stone

What’s most impressive about The Highwomen... is how artfully, and matter-of-factly, it engages social issues.

80
AllMusic

The message, which is implicit nearly as often as it's explicit, may be at the forefront of The Highwomen, but the record's resonance lies in its deep emotions and sense of craft.

80
Exclaim!

The album is both a call for change and a celebration of women in country music.

80
The Needle Drop

With their self-titled debut, The Highwomen prove themselves to be a versatile country supergroup with a unique perspective.

77
Pitchfork
The Highwaymen have often been called country’s best supergroup, but the Highwomen are better. They do here what the men never could—stretch the notions of what country can and must become.
75
Spectrum Culture

Rather than being a generation-defining statement, The Highwomen is merely a solid album of country songs created by some of the most talented women (and men) working today.

70
Slant Magazine

The Highwomen serves as a fitting thesis statement for the project, using the aesthetics of neotrad-country to unpack the group’s feminist concerns.

70
American Songwriter

This is a much needed shot in the arm from talented female singer-songwriters.

70
PopMatters

While The Highwomen may not quite live up to its individual members best work, the group and their various collaborators and guest stars all bring strong songs and enthusiasm to the project.

60
The Guardian

Four voices aren’t always stronger than one, and the collegiate nature of the record leaves one yearning for a little more single-mindedness.

Tielur
65
This is something of a treasure because we don't really get a supergroup in country like this anymore. I can't say that this is anything bad at all, in fact it's just solid country music and nothing more, done right, with the attitude, and full of great performances. Though I don't think anyone will refer back to this as a Traveling Wilburys sort of thing, because the musicians present here have much more powerful solo material than they do here.
luisdelrey2016
82
What country music means to The Highwomen is a really palliative shot from the lackness of the female view on stereotyped songs about cowboys and trucks. This self-titled helps out to take a deeb breath and realize the current scenario, while beautiful harmozitations and sweets melodies companion yourself in this long strech of change.

FAVS: Redesigning Women, Crowded Table, Don't Call Me, My Only Child, Cocktail and a Song, Wheels of Laredo

LEAST FAV: Loose Change
SonicDiscovery
80
In my mind supergroups (musicians coming together from different projects) rarely work in music. It might have something to do with clashing egos or the writing chemistry just isn’t fully there, but still there have been some exceptions to this and The Highwomen happen to be one of those exceptions. The group is comprised of singers/songwriters that have found success being in the spotlight (Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris) and others that have played more of a supportive or behind the ... read more
taevisk
79
I actually really liked this...

It’s a heartfelt, soulful country album with no duds in the tracklist.
warioware
60
"if she ever leaves me" should be considered a hate crime, not because it's written entirely by straight people but because it's corny as hell and brandi deserves better.

anyways this feels like music for people that think they're too good for pistol annies. it's not terrible but it's not nearly as good as it thinks it is.
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Track List

  1. Highwomen
  2. Redesigning Women
  3. Loose Change
  4. Crowded Table
  5. My Name Can't Be Mama
  6. If She Ever Leaves Me
  7. Old Soul
  8. Don't Call Me
  9. My Only Child
  10. Heaven Is a Honky Tonk
  11. Cocktail and a Song
  12. Wheels of Laredo
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Added on: July 19, 2019