Sundowner

Kevin Morby - Sundowner
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2020 Ratings: #548 / 819
User Score
Based on 106 ratings
2020 Ratings: #407
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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.

80
The Line of Best Fit
This is a simple album for immensely complex times, and Morby – as usual – provides the sonic salve to heal any lingering pains his listeners have.
72
Pitchfork

Mostly ... it is a perfect afternoon under a big blue sky, a vision of the Midwest that feels mythical and enormous.

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.

70
FLOOD Magazine

Some of his most captivating work, Sundowner makes the dark road ahead less daunting.

63
Beats Per Minute

On Sundowner, Morby’s storytelling isn’t just the album’s centerpiece – it’s an overcompensation.

60
NME
The singer-songwriter reflects on his Kansas City beginnings on his pensive, sometimes frustrating sixth album.
60
Sputnikmusic
It seems like whenever Kevin Morby is just about to hit his stride, there’s a misstep that undoes his progress.
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
heavymetalbumma
84
I think this is a great release to follow up the uneven and overdramatic "Oh My God" LP from a few years back. It's his "Nebraska" record, mostly just him and a four track. The whole album is based on the strength of the songwriting and the stories told. Aside from the flop of "Brother, Sister" I think this is some of Morby's best work yet. I wouldn't even call it more mature or anything like that, I think this guy is just an above average songwriter and knows how ... 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!
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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Added on: September 1, 2020