This Is A Photograph

Kevin Morby - This Is A Photograph
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2022 Ratings: #39 / 330
User Score
Based on 114 ratings
2022 Ratings: #79
Liked by 13 people
May 13, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
Sam Cohen / Producer
kevinmorby.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
The Kansas City troubadour’s seventh album is an epic ode to the fragility of life and the consequent need to cherish love, joy and family.
90
Uncut

With This Is A Photograph, he offers the wisest and most assured rendering of the Middle American vision he’s been honing of late, one where Dylan-esque anti-singing narrates impassioned, earnest and earthen tales of family, place, love and heroes, and a crack band shakes the rafters.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Kevin Morby’s past solo output has occasionally fit this bill: quality, yes, but not quite essential, interesting without delivering a K.O. standard punch to where it hurts. This Is A Photograph changes all that.

90
AllMusic
Morby reveals his fears, joys, and hopes with these songs in a way more direct and on the surface than any of his other albums.
85
Northern Transmissions
It establishes him as one of the most prolific and trustworthy voices in the modern music of America.
85
Spectrum Culture

On This is a Photograph, Morby somehow rarely sounds morbid. As he meditates on time's eventual victory over us all, he finds that knowledge to be a reason not to resign, but to rally.

82
Paste
Usually content to stay in one lane per album, Morby gracefully exhibits the breadth of all his capabilities on his seventh.
80
Mojo
A record that feels warmer, wiser and less forced than any of his albums so far.
80
Record Collector
US singer-songwriter probes at the existential questions on best record yet.
80
Gigwise

Morby’s seventh studio album This Is A Photograph invokes ... a triumphant sunrise, its sound heralding the early glow of a rustic southern American morning.

80
Rolling Stone
The singer-songwriter’s seventh album is a house of spirits, haunted by the ghosts of Jeff Buckley, of Jay Reatard, of childhood and innocence and moments long past.
76
Beats Per Minute
It’s in these moments that Morby shines as that everyman – a role he has been crafted into through those various influences he holds up so high.
73
Pitchfork
The singer-songwriter’s seventh record is a Memphis vision quest—an earnest, ambitious collection that touches on family, nostalgia, and mortality.
60
Sputnikmusic

This Is A Photograph is an album which aims for an impressively grand vision, but rarely hits the mark. In its less grandiose moments, though, it’s frequently successful, providing the listener with a number of lovely folk tunes.

Doofy
72

Like one of M Ward's best albums...only with more warmth and personality (...but a less distinctive voice).

NTTR
60

Kevin Morby - This is a photograph

Genre: Folk Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 60% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 219th / 442

Highlight: Bittersweet, TN

Made me think of:
Steve Gunn
Cass McCombs
Andy Shauf

TheCarioca
73

Intro - 3/5
This Is a Photograph - 4/5
A Random Act of Kindness - 4/5
Bittersweet, TN - 5/5 ❤
Disappearing - 4/5
A Coat of Butterflies - 3/5
Rock Bottom - 4/5
Forever Inside a Picture - 3/5
Five Easy Pieces - 4/5
Stop Before I Cry - 3/5
It's Over - 4/5
Goodbye To Good Times - 3/5

LucasLannister
60

No puedo creer que solo dure 45 minutos. Se me ha hecho casi eterno pero tiene buenísimos momentos en la primera mitad del disco.

thesauceseattle
77

Everybody likes Kevin Morby. His velvet underground cosplay and prolific middle-american narratives - what's not to like? This sound is classic Kevin without sounding repetitive, stale, or stuck. My favorite track is probably the title track.

NTTR
60

Kevin Morby - This is a photograph

Genre: Folk Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 60% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 219th / 442

Highlight: Bittersweet, TN

Made me think of:
Steve Gunn
Cass McCombs
Andy Shauf

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Added on: March 3, 2022