Farm to Table

Bartees Strange - Farm to Table
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2022 Ratings: #487 / 805
Year End Rank: #49
User Score
Based on 303 ratings
2022 Rank: #566
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Rolling Stone
The indie singer-songwriter’s second album explodes with ideas about music, politics, and life itself.
84
Paste
The polymath’s second album is yet another showcase for his versatile excellence.
83
Spectrum Culture
The former FCC Deputy Press Secretary reinvents rock and reworks what it means to be alive in America.
80
PopMatters

Continuing to blend hip-hop and indie rock, Bartees Strange charts a musically agile, emotionally-charged journey through his psyche on Farm to Table.

80
Dork
Honest, authentic and brilliant in an era where so much seems to be smoke and flashy mirrors, Bartees Strange is one of a kind. If only he wasn’t.
80
Northern Transmissions
Akin to Strange’s heroes The National, Bartees has managed to strike that difficult chord of creating an album that’s sonically hard to define, as it skips from anthemic moments to pockets of introspection and poppy flirtations with ease. It doesn’t look like that meteoric rise is anywhere close to its apex does it?
80
Mojo

Strange's earnestness is artful, and Farm To Table an uplifting triumph.

80
Exclaim!

While Farm to Table isn't quite the classic that he surely has in him, we should consider ourselves fortunate that Bartees is in it for the long haul.

80
The Line of Best Fit
At a time when the world of indie is often more subtle and subdued than ever, Strange seems ready to take his music to the biggest stage possible, crafting music with broad appeal while retaining the stirring emotion beneath.
80
Under the Radar

Farm to Table should have Strange flying higher than its Hieronymus Bosch by way of Oklahoma inspired cover art, that’s adorned with an airborne buffalo, UFOs, and Jesus himself.

80
AllMusic

Strange is a rare talent with a multi-tooled approach that encompasses thoughtful songwriting, surprising arrangements, and a sonically layered production aesthetic that feels both original and understated.

80
Pitchfork
On his second album, Bartees Strange widens his stance and levels his gaze, staying grounded in his nimble genre-hopping and his dynamic songwriting.
70
Clash
Much like its title, Strange offers himself up to the world, presenting the second world in his ever-expanding universe. All we have to do is take it.
70
No Ripcord
Strange provides the blueprint for his many talents on the album—proving his taste knows no bounds—pursuing a scrappy, meandering course that can sometimes lead to rocky, albeit thrilling, dead ends.
69
Beats Per Minute

Wandering between all of these genres was what made Live Forever feel fresh and assured, however the less-focused Farm to Table gets bogged down periodically.

60
Slant Magazine
On his second studio album, Bartees Strange attempts to carve out a sonic palette of its own.
60
Loud and Quiet
I feel that the tendency towards genre sprawl may have stretched Strange too thin; the album lacks a clear musical identity of its own.
60
Crack Magazine
For the most part, you sense an artist eager to flex his stylistic prowess and revelling in the confidence to push his sounds in new, fresh directions. But this can yield mixed results.
40
Record Collector

This follow-up expands those spheres of influence even further but doesn’t hit the same heights.

edgarratesmusic
70

Bartees's sophomore is a vast patchwork of influences buoying empowerment. A bit uneven but no doubt one of the most creative albums released this year.

ST4T1C
85

Never heard of this guy before, but I really liked the coverart and thought it could be a cool album so I checked it out! Gotta say, this was really damn good. Im a sucker for this kind of indie rock tbh, so hearing tracks like “Heavy Heart” and “Black Gold” was nice to see. Really liked this guys vocals too, felt like he was really pouring his heart out on these tracks! Its a really good set of indie rock tunes, and Im interested to see what else this guy can do. Good ... read more

JeremiahMurphy
NR

Uhhhhh I’m insanely rusty at this reviewing shit but just stay with me. I felt like I should say something about this album.

“Farm to table” by Bartees Strange is a follow up to his breakout debut “Live forever” which placed # 2 in my album of the year list for 2020. Not only was this an album that connected with me emotionally right away, It was also an album that effortlessly mixed a melting pot of genres showing nothing but incredible execution on all fronts. ... read more

Iconforasec
95

I love his voice so much. It compliments the creative indie rock instrumentals so much making it one of my favorite listens from last year. And honestly I think this is some of the best spring-summer indie rock vibes that I get from it as it reminds me of the warm sun and riding bikes in a small New England town. 10/10

skeeline
75

Emerging from the underground yet another versatile indie artist, could they be able to finally make the genre feel less saturated and overall less incessant? This album can surely prove those expectations, surpassing those of an average bedroom pop/indie pop album in 2023. The ex-Stay Inside member based out of New York experiments on his own viable take on indietronica, implenting elements of political themes, his personal struggles and past, and a soothing yet relatable feel for the ... read more

elibdot
96

love hearing his progression, can't wait to see where he goes from this HEAT

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Track List

1Heavy Heart
4:23
91
2Mulholland Dr.
4:01
84
3Wretched
3:49
81
4Cosigns
2:35
77
5Tours
2:43
73
6Hold the Line
4:23
80
7We Were Only Close For Like Two Weeks
0:58
67
8Escape This Circus
3:26
84
9Black Gold
3:38
84
10Hennessy
4:18
82
Total Length: 34 minutes
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Added on: April 20, 2022