Countless Branches

Bill Fay - Countless Branches
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #13 / 85
User Score
Based on 134 ratings
2020 Ratings: #77
January 17, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Countless Branches, perhaps due to its profound yet intimate vision as well as its craft, just may be Fay's masterpiece.

85
The Line of Best Fit

It's hard to believe these songs were culled from demos recorded over a number of years, such is the sense of unity and thematic cohesion.

85
Spectrum Culture

Thank you, Bill Fay, for offering up such a richly rewarding, calming center in the eye of the shitstorm that is our current existence.

80
Under The Radar

Bill Fay's brand of straight-forward and yet heavy-hitting popular folk deserves a place in every discerning listener's library.

80
musicOMH

Fay’s tremulous voice imbues it all with touching emotion. It’s simple, but utterly heartbreaking – the album in microcosm.

80
Uncut

Its more minimalist style is a welcome return to the sound of some of the finest moments from Life Is People.

73
Paste

Listening to it feels like sitting down and soaking in the stories of someone who has seen it all, written in a direct, uncomplicated and emotionally resonant way.

zachthesnack
75
For those of you who don’t know, Bill Fay is a folk singer from the 70s whose career was lost in the endless ocean of lost vinyl and forgotten records. That is, until bands like Wilco, Current 93, Okkervil River and The War On Drugs started heavily covering his music at their live shows. These covers became a live staple for many of the bands and intrigue into Bills music began to grow. Along with the sudden rush in popularity, Bill was signed to Dead Oceans records, ending a nearly 40 ... read more
laz456
75
It's impossible to hate this. It's a heart-felt, dreamy, excellent singer-songwriter album.
JeremiahMurphy
83
Yeah.... This might just be the best songwritten record of the year. Bill Fays story has always been crazy to me. The fact that Wilco started covering his songs to the point where there fans started streaming his music to get him back into the industry is amazing. His most recent material was dropped a while ago as well but his songwriting and sorrofwul production come in full throttle in this album. Its beautiful. The lyrics are thought provoking the vibe is great and the cover matches the ... read more
TommyCook
86
This is the first truly impactful LP I’ve listened to this year. Bill’s weathered voice, when factored in with the often simple instrumentation and moving, allegoric lyrics, combine for an intimate listening session. Most of the bonus tracks with the band are captivating as well, with the guitars and drums adding more fantastic, well mixed layers of sound. This album can be hopeful, bleak, uplifting, haunting...really however you listen to it. Bottom line is that it’s a fine ... read more
KengojiUltamYT
73
It's nice to see another record from this absolute legend.
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Track List

  1. In Human Hands
  2. How Long, How Long
  3. Your Little Face
  4. Salt of the Earth
  5. I Will Remain Here
  6. Filled With Wonder Once Again
  7. Time's Going Somewhere
  8. Love Will Remain
  9. Countless Branches
  10. One Life
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Added on: November 13, 2019