Sundowner

Kevin Morby - Sundowner
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #452 / 672
User Score
Based on 32 ratings
2020 Ratings: #473
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October 16, 2020 / Release Date
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Dead Oceans / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Mojo
There's a sense Morby is permanently watching something sink into the horizon, suspending what's left in beautiful songwriting amber.
80
Loud and Quiet

This introspective folk album records the divine of the everyday.

80
Gigwise

A beautifully scripted account of solitude, Kevin Morby’s 6th studio LP Sundowner is a ten-track exercise in melancholy. Characteristically self-aware, it's decorated with articulate visions and graphic omens.

80
Northern Transmissions
This album is a road trip in and of itself and is a must add to any playlist prior to embarking on a long journey.
80
musicOMH

Sundowner is Morby’s Harvest Moon, his Nebraska, his Hejira – a statement of intent made in the quietest way possible.

70
Uncut

Sundowner benefits from a DIY ethic that sees its maker playing virtually all instruments.

70
AllMusic

Its gentle melancholy and unhurried tempos slowly melt into a sustained atmosphere, offering some of Morby's gentlest and most captivating songs.

70
Clash

The instrumentation and guitar playing in particular can sometimes feel like a serenade, to encapsulate such place and time easily lends credit to the talent of this songwriter and all of a sudden, you are a sundowner too.

70
Exclaim!

This imagery paired with Morby's lyrical storytelling, capturing feelings of sorrow and tenderness, make for a heavily pensive record.

60
NME
The singer-songwriter reflects on his Kansas City beginnings on his pensive, sometimes frustrating sixth album.
pressrg
84
The moment I heard Kevin's second single for this record—"Campfire"—with its moeity (marked by the hinge of Katie's eerie vocals), its rustic organ, and worn-in atmosphere, I knew I was in for something special. Sundowner, the singer-songwriter's sixth and best record, opens up new landscapes and affective resonances within Morby's signature sound: a freewheeling and exploratory approach that reanimates classic American mythologies and the fantasies they bear: how such ... read more
zachthesnack
74
Dead Oceans really might be my favorite label in the music industry right now. Every year, they churn out around 5 really good indie and folk records and Kevin Morby’s 6th studio album is no exception. His wondrous storytelling ability and haunting voice are as present on here as theyve ever been. Love everything this giy has been doing over the last few years!
nicoperagine
30
This can't possibly be getting real positive scores. It is an acoustic guitar, basic chords, another random instrument every so often, and regular-ass folk vocals. Are people this is easily impressed? For a folk album, the lyrics aren't even that good.

Color: White
Favorite Tracks: None!
Worst Tracks: All of them!
winitheju
76
Nice bounce back effort from Kevin after a pretty terrible album a few years ago
Doofy
NR
Just a one note downer, NR
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Track List

  1. Valley
  2. Brother, Sister
  3. Sundowner
  4. Campfire
  5. Wander
  6. Don't Underestimate Midwest American Sun
  7. A Night at the Little Los Angeles
  8. Jamie
  9. Velvet Highway
  10. Provisions
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Added on: September 1, 2020