What's New, Tomboy?

Damien Jurado - What's New, Tomboy?
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #172 / 272
User Score
Based on 52 ratings
2020 Ratings: #393
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May 1, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mama Bird / Label
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At times it may seem like he’s destined to remain on the periphery but What’s New, Tomboy? is one of his best albums and deserves better, confirming Damien Jurado to be an artist operating at the peak of his powers.


What’s New, Tomboy? is Jurado’s fifteenth album and finds the prolific Seattle native unsurprisingly in fine voice and form - rarely does anything in his extensive catalogue fall short of expectations.


One of Jurado's greatest strengths is his ability to express emotions, truths and transcendent moments through brief character studies.


Taken together, What's New, Tomboy? is another moving collection of American snapshots from the troubadour, if likely less memorable than his higher-contrast outings.

Beats Per Minute

Taken as a whole, Tomboy is a success, but its short runtime and somewhat underdeveloped arrangements leave the impression that Jurado was more concerned with just getting this set of songs released, rather than making sure they expand his extensive catalog in a meaningful way.

The Arts Desk

What’s New, Tomboy? is as much about mood, about the easy musical sunlight emanating from its quiet enigma, and many will find much to explore in its unforced lack of adornment.

The Telegraph

It is sensitive and intimate, his soft tone and tender picking evoking the dreamy melancholy of Nick Drake on the lovely Fool Maria, with touches of Harvest-era Neil Young on Francine.

This album have few songs, but it seems to have twenty.
It is not an incredible job, it can be classified as good, but also as boring.

Everything on this album is similar to everything, it seems to be a discarded project or a demo leaked on the internet
A very good album and a enjoyable listen for me. This was something new to me and I'm glad to have heard it.
Its an okay album and it has some songs that I find good, but I think the album has to many flaws. I think its a very similar instrumental throughout the whole album which gets boring after a while. His vocals are good, but I was hoping he could try to do something else with it. For me this was just okay, but I think some people may find this good.
Francine is really beautiful, the rest is meh
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Track List

  1. Birds Tricked into the Trees
  2. Ochoa
  3. Alice Hyatt
  4. Arthur Aware
  5. Francine
  6. Fool Maria
  7. When You Were Few
  8. Sandra
  9. The End of the Road
  10. Frankie
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Added on: March 2, 2020