In the Blossom of Their Shade

Pokey LaFarge - In the Blossom of Their Shade
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2021 Ratings: #125 / 660
User Score
Based on 33 ratings
October 15, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Americana / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

While LaFarge might still be a time-traveling rock troubadour, he seems to have found the center of his musical universe with In the Blossom of Their Shade.

80
Uncut

Upbeat, sonically diverse gem from Jack White endorsed singer guitarist.

80
The Observer

Surf guitars, R&B and cod-Caribbean sunshine combine in this upbeat response to lockdown.

80
PopMatters

Pokey LaFarge’s mix of esoteric styles takes him all over the planet, from the doo-wop city streets of big cities to the tropical climate of the Caribbean.

80
The Arts Desk

This keeper of an album invites us on to the dance floor – and this year we don’t have to dance round our handbags.

70
American Songwriter

Despite the supple suggestion, this effort could qualify as LaFarge’s big breakout, one that finds him unshackling the chains of sad circumstance while making an emphatic effort to define his own destiny and disregard any obstacles that have appeared in his way.

Z.Younk
75
Another classic from Pokey Lafarge. As I said on his excellent LP "Rock Bottom Rhapsody", he is one of the best kept secrets in the indie music community whose music should have the legions of followers it deserves by now.
NTTR
56
Pokey Lafarge - In The Blossom of Their Shade

Genre: Old Time
Country: US

Final Verdict: 56% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 658th / 849

Highlight: Killing Time

Made me think of:
Calexico
Elvis Presley
Langhorne Slim
TheCarioca
64
Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone - 4/5
Mi Ideal - 3/5
Fine to Me - 3/5
Drink of You - 3/5
Rotterdam - 3/5
To Love or Be Alone - 3/5
Long for the Heaven I Seek - 3/5
Killing Time - 3/5
Yo - Yo - 3/5
Goodnight, Goodbye (Hope Not Forever) - 4/5
Danko
72
Put me in some bar with a Pool table and this is what I get through the speakers. Americana is nice because it's such a more toned down genre of music then what I'm used to. It's a fun record to listen to but not something I'd go back on, most of the tracks don't overstay its welcome and Pokey LaFarge has got the genre down to a science.
QueenOfDenmark
64
Get It ‘fore It’s Gone ~ ★★★☆☆
Mi Ideal ~ ★★★☆☆
Fine to Me ~ ★★★☆☆
Drink of You ~ ★★★☆☆
Rotterdam ~ ★★★☆☆
To Love or Be Alone ~ ★★★☆☆
Long for the Heaven I Seek ~ ★★★★☆
Killing Time ~ ★★★☆☆
Yo-Yo ~ ★★★★☆
Goodnight, Goodbye (Hope Not Forever) ~ ★★★☆☆
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Track List

  1. Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone
  2. Mi Ideal
  3. Fine to Me
  4. Drink of You
  5. Rotterdam
  6. To Love or Be Alone
  7. Long for the Heaven I Seek
  8. Killing Time
  9. Yo - Yo
  10. Goodnight, Goodbye (Hope Not Forever)
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Added on: July 21, 2021