Reason To Live

Lou Barlow - Reason To Live
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #171 / 347
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
May 28, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Joyful Noise / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Louder Than War

Stripped, sparse and barren, yet full of acoustic gems that sparkle.

80
Mojo

While some tracks here grew from songs Barlow began as a teenager, there's a mature confidence to Reason To Live.

80
Clash

As ever, this latest window into his psyche prompts as many questions as it provides answers - despite offering his usual warmth and intimacy, he still deftly keeps the listener at bay by retaining a degree of mystery.

80
The Observer

It all adds up to a highly pleasing change of direction.

70
Uncut

Mix of contentment and melancholy hits the mark.

70
musicOMH

Reason To Live is a truly middle-aged record, and a gorgeous one at that.

70
AllMusic

While there are plenty of fans who would like to see Lou Barlow pull that old four-track cassette deck out of mothballs, Reason to Live demonstrates the folly of that thinking, as Barlow is still in touch with what was best about his old work while maturing in the ways that truly matter.

TheCarioca
64
In My Arms - 3/5
Reason To Live - 4/5
Why Can’t It Wait - 3/5
Love Intervene - 4/5
Privatize - 4/5
I Don’t Like Changes - 3/5
Clouded Age - 4/5
Over You - 3/5
How Do I Know - 3/5
Cold One - 3/5
Thirsty - 3/5
Maumee - 3/5
Lows and Highs - 3/5
Paws - 3/5
Tempted - 3/5
All You People Suck - 3/5
Act of Faith - 3/5
CheapandLethal
75
Decent
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Track List

  1. In My Arms
  2. Reason To Live
  3. Why Can’t It Wait
  4. Love Intervene
  5. Privatize
  6. I Don’t Like Changes
  7. Clouded Age
  8. Over You
  9. How Do I Know
  10. Cold One
  11. Thirsty
  12. Maumee
  13. Lows and Highs
  14. Paws
  15. Tempted
  16. All You People Suck
  17. Act of Faith
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Added on: April 7, 2021