Singing Saw
Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2016 Ratings: #41 / 754
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Based on 230 ratings
2016 Ratings: #64
April 15, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
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Singing Saw is one of those albums that immediately captures your interest, but offers enough depth and hidden intricacies to make every subsequent listen just as rewarding.

Under The Radar
There's a strong sense of ambition on these recordings, a strong sense of purpose.
The Line of Best Fit

For all the tragedy that’s to be found within Singing Saw, it is a warm, welcoming album, every second of it informed by a knowledge of the transience of all things.


Singing Saw is his strongest album because it shows a process of refinement, and because Morby’s songwriting has become less referential and more grounded. The basic ingredients haven’t changed, but Morby is figuring out how to retain and amplify his strongest points—his weary and wise voice, his understanding of how the musical pieces fit together—and leave everything else behind.

Entertainment Weekly

Morby’s third album Singing Saw is a collection of polished songs — even if much of its latter half blurs together.

Loud and Quiet
This is a real gem from a man who’s long hinted he was capable of one.
Drowned in Sound

As a whole, Singing Saw is Morby’s best work. He’s becoming one of the most memorable singer songwriters to emerge from the States in years.


The match of songs and sounds on Singing Saw delivers on all the promise of his earlier records, while firmly establishing Morby as one of the best singer/songwriters going.


Using twilight walks into the mountains as inspiration and the shabby house he shares with his girlfriend, his guitars and an old piano as his base, Morby cooked up a glorious third album.


Singing Saw is the sound of affirmation, of both hard-earned talent and childlike imagination. As a result, Morby has discovered a sound which is organic without ever quoting, rocking without ever rolling at the same time, transcending while barely leaving the ground.


Morby has crafted a more diverse and atmospheric set of contexts, environments that mostly offer that voice the space to be centre stage, but which offer musical contributions that compensate for its emphasis on clarity and phrasing over melody.


An album that finds him light-years beyond his previous release, revealing him to be one of today's most promising singer-songwriters.

No Ripcord

Singing Saw will be remembered as a breakthrough moment from an artist who’s now more comfortable articulating his own visual language.


From the warm analogue production feel to the blemished vocal takes, ‘Singing Saw’ sounds timeless, with flashes of Dylan, cult Searching For Sugar Man star Rodriguez, and Bill Fay throughout.

Consequence of Sound
While he may not be breaking new ground here, Morby shows that there’s plenty of resonance yet to be mined from familiar tropes while also finally finding a distinct voice within.
Definitely an album of two halves, by the time you hit ‘Ferris Wheel’ and ‘Destroyer’ the record drifts off into Dylan-isms that while are nice enough, don’t carry the same idiosyncratic weight of ‘Singing Saw’ or ‘Drunk and On A Star’ that will some day carve out a classic from this hugely promising talent.
Dec 2, 2017
fabulous of the best kevin of our times
Jun 10, 2018
This album will leave you with mosquito bites, because you'll force yourself to listen in the woods.
Jan 5, 2018
Nov 29, 2017
If this isn't terrible I don't know what is. Seriously the people who rated this hack so highly are him and people he knows. This jabroni is the dictionary definition of the word charlatan . Don't believe me, look up the childish pictures he draws and tries to sell for 500 dollars. This is basically the amateur hour moronic dribbling of a guy trying to pretend he's Dylan. These songs are so lame I can't believe the producer and engineer could stop laughing long enough to press record. Please ... read more
Sep 3, 2017
One of those albums that sounds like it could make good background music, but is delivered potently and idiosyncratically enough that it's hard to turn your attention elsewhere, even when the tempo slows to a crawl. "Singing Saw" is a satisfyingly cohesive whole, balancing the lighter and darker atmospheric tones of contemporary folk rock and buoyed by Kevin Morby's vaguely Dylan-esque singer-songwriter persona. Very pleasing to the ear.
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Added on: January 19, 2016