Good and Green Again

Jake Xerxes Fussell - Good and Green Again
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2022 Ratings: #80 / 340
User Score
Based on 147 ratings
2022 Ratings: #143
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut

There is something comfortable in the sturdy humanity of all of Fussell’s records, but especially this one.

90
AllMusic

Listening to Good and Green Again is like visiting a warm little den where the songs of yesteryear spend an easy hour catching up on the news of the present. His is a peculiar gift, but one he's learned how to use to great effect.

80
Mojo

The tunes are still naggingly memorable, but often less convivial, more melancholy.

77
Pitchfork
The folk musician’s latest album is a bittersweet collection full of silence and space. Delivered with empathy, his historical subject matter feels rooted in the present.
73
Spectrum Culture

Both with his original compositions and his work on traditional material, the North Carolina musician continues to illustrate that the bounds on his creativity are limitless.

70
PopMatters

Jake Xerxes Fussell’s Good and Green Again sounds as if it might have been released any time over the last 50 years without aging a day.

daltdisney
75

Its simplicity is what makes it so endearing and charming. Really pretty album with surprisingly not-at-all simple fingerpicking that’s very impressive both in execution and sound. I just wish some songs grabbed me more than they did.

SonicDiscovery
83

When listening to the music of Jake Xerxes Fussell, its hard to imagine that he’s not over 60 and was part of the singer-songwriter heyday of the 70’s since his songs really call back to that time with their timeless approach to structure and sound. His fourth album Good and Green Again brings a combination of strong storytelling coming from his rich husky voice and others that highlight his work through his guitar with tranquil instrumental numbers. These later moments do recall ... read more

Louis13
73

A solid collection of simple, delicate folk tracks (both instrumental and vocal). Nothing too impressive but consistently well-executed and pretty even if I start to lose interest in the second half.

Favourite Tracks: Love Farewell, Carriebelle, Breast Of Glass, Frolic, Rolling Mills Are Burning Down*

100words
77

To construct ‘Good and Green Again,’ North Carolina’s acclaimed folklorist trawled through stories and songs of old, sewing the findings together with his laid-back voice at the seam. Fussell’s vocals are less intent on melody than the crisp acoustic arrangements behind him; instead, he is an effective, cool narrator over the French horn and upright bass. While the slower pace of the middle section cools its emotional impact and contracts the music to merely being ... read more

rich1977
71

Frolic.

mkelmusic
70

I especially liked the instrumentation on this album.

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Added on: October 28, 2021