Primrose Green

Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #136 / 925
User Score
Based on 54 ratings
2015 Ratings: #173
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
Paste
Whether displaying his loyalty to his muse’s roots, or gnashing his teeth at the right to snub traditions ... Ryley Walker’s talents are enormous. The praise for his second full-length ought to be the same.
83
Consequence of Sound

For Walker, it’s about breathing life back into ’60s folk until it bursts with springtime charm, and Primrose Green is 2015’s ultimate encompassment of that sound.

80
NME
‘Primrose Green’, Walker’s second album, was recorded with a crack team of local musos, and both the playing and production have the lithe, loose feel of a lost album by British folk-jazz group Pentangle.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Had Primrose Green been recorded in the era it's influenced by, it could well be among the records Ryley Walker would now be drawing inspiration from; high praise indeed.

80
musicOMH

Primrose Green performs an impressive double stunt in better showcasing both his songwriting and singing on one hand, and his ambition to create something looser, freer and more spontaneous on the other.

80
DIY
With ‘Primrose Green’, Walker has created a mystical record, balancing idyllic sonics with moving sensibility.
80
AllMusic

With its ready absorption of, homage to, and engagement with the past, Walker's skills as a guitarist and arranger make Primrose Green as musically compelling as it is willfully indulgent.

Doofy
77
Retro is the word.

Hell more than that derivative is the word.

This does not equate to a 'bad' thing in the slightest in this instance though - in actual fact this is a sublime listen showing great artistry despite cribbing from many, oh so many, ‘70s folk and soft rock touchstones.
MarkCooper
NR
This guy really wants to be Van Morrison
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Added on: January 10, 2015