Primrose Green

Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2015 Ratings: #138 / 891
User Score
Based on 52 ratings
2015 Ratings: #217
March 31, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
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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.

62
Pitchfork
The shape of Walker’s voice and the twists and turns of his band reanimate a specific aesthetic without adding much more than the tools of modern production.
MarkCooper
NR
This guy really wants to be Van Morrison
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.
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Track List

  1. Primrose Green
  2. Summer Dress
  3. Same Minds
  4. Griffiths Bucks Blues
  5. Love Can Be Cruel
  6. On The Banks Of The Old Kishwaukee
  7. Sweet Satisfaction
  8. The High Road
  9. All Kinds Of You
  10. Hide In The Roses
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Added on: January 10, 2015