The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers

Valerie June - The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
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Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #166 / 737
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The Moon And Stars feels a more fully realised project, more wide-ranging and self-assured than its predecessors.


A standout among her already impressive catalog, The Moon and Stars is utterly beguiling with a luster that only deepens with repeated spins.


While Valerie June is rooted in the familiar territories of folk, R&B and gospel, the striving for spacier vibes hinted at on Astral Plane, from 2017 predecessor The Order Of Time, is fully realised here on her third album, thanks in part to Kendrick Lamar/Solange producer Jack Splash.

Rolling Stone

June has never sounded more fully and thrillingly herself than she does on her latest album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, which merges pop ambition, folksy open-heartedness and blues wisdom.


Just when June proves her bona fides, she quickly builds on the traditions that she has studied and drawn so much inspiration from. The result is a rivetingly unpredictable album.

Slant Magazine

The album is an ambitious, dizzying jumble of genres and tones, held together on the power of the singer’s beguiling voice and charisma.

Evening Standard

There’s a strong bond with classic soul, thanks to a cameo from 78-year-old Carla Thomas and strings by Stax Records arranger Lester Snell, but with all the stranger touches and, as she requested, ethereal interludes, this album has a greatness that’s hard to define.


Just the sound of June’s voice is enough to defrost any lingering icy memories of a cruel winter. She uses the album as a chance to wield hope and joy as tools in the battle of persistence.

Beats Per Minute

The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers is June’s strongest whole document so far; it has such a crystalline, atmospheric take on her favored genres that it seems to exist both within and without the confines of those styles.

Spectrum Culture
From a whisper to a scream, June’s latest illustrates the full range of her vocal skills.

On her new album, the Memphis singer-songwriter and guitarist pens her most heavy-hearted songs, treating love and loss like old scars, fondly remembered.

The Observer

As much as you want to applaud this idiosyncratic soul outing, the straightforwardly acoustic, demo-grade Fallin’ is probably the record’s most lapel-grabbing moment.


Girl get some smaller sleeves!!! Those are WAY too big!


I appreciate the pop/trap experimentation on the Americana sound but I felt that it was unnecessary. It just did not clicked as much as I wanted it to because when the folk/soul shines in this album, it does it spectacularly. I did really much enjoy the dreamier songs though like Why the Bright Stars Glow.


Valeria June's third full-length album "The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers" with her deep singing voice and graceful arrangements can fill any room, stage or space on the Internetthe fullness and balance of the disc surpasses all possible boundaries, transforming folk, soul and blues into something mystical and atmospheric


Valerie June - The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers

Genre: Country Soul
Country: US

Final Verdict: 59% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 637th / 1074

Highlight: Stardust Scattering

Made me think of:
Cat Power
Kathleen Edwards


Valerie June’s voice is undoubtedly polarizing, but I find it one of the most evocative and unique instruments in contemporary roots music. Overused as the descriptor may be, the best adjective for June’s music is “timeless,” and not in a strictly revivalist manner. “The Moon and the Stars ...” is certainly cut from an old-school cloth. Where June’s equally great predecessors drew from Appalachian folk and golden-era pop amidst a country-soul backdrop, ... read more


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Added on: February 17, 2021