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: #110 / 527
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2021 Ratings: #348
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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
FIRST LISTEN: Valerie June's voice is beautiful but it doesn't get enough use. There's nothing to particularly shake you either side of the fence.
I sure am glad I stumbled upon the music of Memphis singer-songwriter Valerie June back in 2017 cause her album The Order of Time became a revelation to me. At the time, I had never heard anyone mix in elements of country, soul, folk and gospel so fluidly into their music and although her newest album The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers didn’t come across as groundbreaking to me, it’s still a great listen and one you should experience. The entire album has a nice flow to ... read more
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Track List

  1. Stay
  2. Stay Meditation
  3. You And I
  4. Colors
  5. Stardust Scattering
  6. African Proverb (feat. Carla Thomas)
  7. Call Me A Fool (feat. Carla Thomas)
  8. Fallin'
  9. Smile
  10. Within You
  11. Two Roads
  12. Why The Bright Stars Glow
  13. Home Inside
  14. Starlight Ethereal Silence
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Added on: February 17, 2021