Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
A Sailor's Guide to Earth
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zachthesnack
100
I can sincerely say that this is one of the best musical experiences I have ever had.

So rarely does a piece truly evoke raw emotions from within me and when one does so it is usually a singular, concentrated emotion like grief or anger, but this made me feel so many different emotions and they were all so strong and vibrant.

I avoided this album simoly because of the "country" moniker and this album has not only changed my opinion on the genre, but on music as a whole.

p.s. you ... read more
dearsongs
85
Been trying this album on and off for 2.5 years now 'cause it never REALLY clicked with me but I kept feeling like I was missing out on something by not getting more into it... not sure what hell I was thinking before, this thing is pretty great. I like the arrangements A LOT and Sturgill's twang is pleasant enough for me.

When I first heard In Bloom I was not a fan, but I've grown to enjoy it quite a bit (and its a nice reminder of what a great songwriter Kurt Cobain was). Luckily this album ... read more
EMR
76
Sturgill Simpson continues his rise as the most creative and distinct country artist of his generation, now with an interesting release that follows the idea of his previous album, while incorporating elements from other genres such as rock, psychedelic-music, folk and soul. The result is another solid record full of surprises, with a different approach to country in each track. It is quite varied, but very cohesive, nonetheless, and even though the final results may not be just as emotive and ... read more
Doofy
76
This is as close as I go to honeyed vocal radio country, but here Sturgill brings the required top notch song writing and musical twists and turns to win me over.
itsyahboinoah
82
We need artists like Sturgill Simpson to show us that country music can still be great.
CheapandLethal
50
Uninspiring
zaxapitsa
77
Beautiful man feelings.
95
I'm not sure I've heard an aquatic, Naval country album before. But this is, undeniably, it. And it's exquisite. This is a personal record that was made for Sturgill's family, but we were given the great privilege of being allowed to listen in.

I love this whole thing. I love it so much.
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks:Keep It Between the Lines, In Bloom
83
To all of the country artists who talk big about pushing the boundaries of the genre -- THIS is how you do that! Sturgill Simpson manages to incorporate significant soul, Southern rock, and alternative influences into this album while still sounding completely country -- the cover of "in Bloom" is one of the highlights. The concept of explaining the world to the child initially threatens to be overbearing, but is handled quite nicely. Glad to see this getting the attention it's been ... read more
79
- Impact / listenability= 8
- creativity / musicianship = 8.5
- consistency = 7.5
- recording (1/2) = 7.5
- feel factor (1/2) = 8
- overall = 79.4

Bold and brave. A true crossover album. Just a bit inconsistent for me to catapult this among my year end best albums. Excellent tracks throughout.
87
A stunner this year, Sturgill Simpson returns to craft a smart set of tracks, personally for his son- and relatable to all. In all country-spirit, he is a story-teller with honest lyricism showcased beginning to end- there is a Nirvana cover though, that one doesn't too bad either.The more orchestrated tracks are breathtaking, while his voice absorbs you in on his more-or-less stripped back tracks. What's truly amazing is the way he bends and breaks the genre, resulting in great sounds rare ... read more
ShinerBock29
87
This album gets better and better the more I listen to it. Never has a single album expanded my musical tastes so much. This is a modern day masterpiece.
alansambista
97
Simply the best male album of 2016. Sturgill is one of the highlights of this year, living up to his talent, is the 'Album of the Year' Grammy nominee who deserves the victory.
91
Easily the best "country music for Democrats" album I've heard yet. The production is outstanding, and the atmosphere is wonderful, with the gentle guitar and the soaring strings. It's emotional, it's pretty, get into it.
Lovdahl
85
I haven't been blown away by country music in 2016, save for Sturgill Simpson's excellent album. Simpson crafts country music that's simultaneously simple and dense, and it demands your full attention. Also, his cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom" is one of my favorite songs of the year.
danielleandrea
92
1. Welcome to Earth (Pollywog) 1.00
2. Breakers Roar 0.95
3. Keep It Between the Lines 1.00
4. Sea Stories 1.00
5. In Bloom 0.75
6. Brace for Impact (Live a Little) 0.77
7. All Around You 0.89
8. Oh Sarah 0.86
9. Call to Arms 1.00

Favorite songs: Welcome to Earth • Keep It Between the Lines • Sea Stories
JulianGomez974
88
Don’t you love it when an album cover is equally beautiful to its tracks inside? Don’t you love it when you expectations meet without any reproach? Well, this, ladies and gentlemen, is an extremely heartwarming and exciting record. Simpson gives EVERYTHING; he leaves you with tears of joy, tears of sadness, tears of existentialism and tears of being grateful of being alive. It’s a letter of love to his son, to his wife and to himself, what could be more beautiful than that? ... read more
raymon
83
I was honestly surprised that I really found myself enjoying this album. Simpson has a knack for writing and producing straightforward and fluid country songs. These songs are far different from mainstream country, and they come together to make a project that is as majestic as the album cover.
70
Sturgill Simpson’s craft is the hallmark of A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, an epistolary album lovingly addressed to his 2-year-old son. It’s designed to serve as the boy’s own pocket atlas for navigating the world, from the first country singer to write a song about taking DMT. While it can be easy to pin Simpson’s music as a commercially smart alternative to “mainstream” country, that wouldn’t do the man credit as very few are writing country music ... read more
exception
81
sturgill simpson releases an album that gives some much needed creativity and emotion to the country genre. i have never been into country music at all; i find it to be really obnoxious and brash. however, a sailor's guide to earth is anything but that. simpson brings in different styles of music on here, soul, classical, and even grunge (on his cover of in bloom). together they create a record that is some of the most unique music this year. granted, its still a country album, and has ... read more
Greatr
83
Country done right.
NR
It's not anything special, but it makes one feel good about one's self after a beer or two.
DiegoPaim01
85
As vezes vale muito a pena dar a chance para um gênero músical que não estamos muito familiarizados. Emotivo, melódico, profundo e muito inventivo, este disco certamente estará entre os melhores do ano. Do Country Rock passeando pelo Jazz, Soul, R&B e até alguns elementos do Dub, o vozeirão de Sturgil Simpson conduz o ouvinte com muito romantismo, angústia e liricidade por todas as canções deste trabalho. Por mais que haja ... read more
88
nice sound is amazing album
dakotaconcrete
88
As a new dad and a navy veteran, this album is as good as it gets!
winitheju
76
An exciting and creative effort from a country artist who doesn't get wrapped up in all the crap that makes most modern country music so crappy.
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