The Spur

Joan Shelley - The Spur
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2022 Ratings: #95 / 496
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
Liked by 1 person
June 24, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
No Quarter / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut

On The Spur, Shelley captures the ache and the sweetness, the loss and the love, the coming and going of it all, with greater scale and skill than ever before.

80
Mojo

The newly rooted songwriter's best album yet.

80
God Is in the TV

The Spur speaks of the positivity of deep-rooted rural connections and the innate spirit of an environment, but not at the expense of certain harsh realities of living there.

80
AllMusic

It documents a gifted artist in full command of her gifts, and it's more than worthy of your time and attention.

80
The Observer

Pretty but unsentimental reflections on putting down roots inform the singer-songwriter’s elegant seventh album.

80
musicOMH

Gorgeous eighth album from Kentucky singer songwriter strikes a contemplative, calming note.

79
Spectrum Culture
Singer/songwriter Joan Shelley has the gift of the almighty hook.
78
Pitchfork
Accompanied by a wide range of verdant textures, the Kentucky songwriter deepens the emotional landscape of her earthy, reflective folk music.
TheCarioca
76

Forever Blues - 4/5
The Spur - 4/5
Home - 4/5
Amberlit Morning - 5/5 ❤
Like the Thunder - 4/5
When the Light Is Dying - 3/5
Breath For the Boy - 3/5
Fawn - 4/5
Why Not Live Here - 4/5
Bolt - 3/5
Between Rock and Sky - 4/5
Completely - 4/5

luuurien
80

Joan Shelley braids Southern soul richness into the laid-back intimacy of a West Coast singer/songwriter better than anyone else out there, her music equal parts Townes Van Zandt and Joni Mitchell, and that quality is what's always given her music such a timeless feel. Her songs can often feel like echoes of the past, stories found in a dusty attic diary that you could keep reading for hours and hours on end, the kind of singer/songwriter whose work will feel as fresh fifty years in the future ... read more

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Added on: April 6, 2022