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100
The Telegraph

Questions of lost time and finding your place in the world haunt Strays, but with work as deeply impressive as this, Price probably needn’t worry about being overlooked any longer.

90
The Sydney Morning Herald
A masterful album from an artist at her most ambitious, freewheeling best.
90
Spill Magazine

Some immaculate song writing along with full emotional involvement from Price that put Strays among Price’s best albums so far.

90
PopMatters

Strays shows Margo Price’s willingness to try new things and seek new ways of experiencing the world, and her strong talents as a musician and a human being.

90
Exclaim!

From the empathetic lyrics to the innovative eclecticism, Margo Price has stitched a musical coat of many colours with Strays. And it's a perfect fit for this troubled age.

80
Under The Radar

Every bit of Strays—the excellence in lyricism, instantly classic riffs, the soul-bearing warmth Price exudes—is a testament to that and to the fact that our need to see each other wholly, empathetically is of eternal importance.

80
American Songwriter
Price breaks down any barriers left around her on this record to great appeal. In just 10 songs, she manages to tell a lifetime of stories that are captivating from start to finish.
80
The Guardian
The Nashville star brilliantly rattles through country, psych and Patti Smith-style poetic rock’n’roll on a fourth album that creates a feeling of wild landscapes.
80
AllMusic

Everything changes with "Lydia" and "Landfill," a pair of searching, nocturnal neo-folk songs that serves as a kind of epilogue at the end of the album, concluding Strays on a somewhat uneasy note that ultimately is a sign of Price's confidence: sometimes a melancholy finale suits a good time.

80
Clash
Moving from plaintive folk to vintage country via some crunching rock riffs, the song cycle is held together by the wisdom of her personality, and the graceful touch only her vocals can truly provide.
80
Uncut
With this devastatingly personal song cycle, Price completes her transformation from retro-country preservationist to anything-goes auteur.
80
NME
With psychedelic rock sensibilities and wholehearted lyricism, Price’s fourth album hits on the human experience where it hurts.
80
Rolling Stone
It's the country singer-songwriter's most cohesive album yet.
80
The Line of Best Fit

While it would be misleading to refer to Strays as Price’s “psilocybin sequence,” it may come to be known as the album with which she creatively emancipated herself.

80
The Observer
Adding sobriety and southern rock to her repertoire, this true American survivor is the real deal.
80
Record Collector
Nashville poetess powers on in style.
80
Mojo
Muted, syncopated beats, ghostly pedal steel and icy Solina string machine conspire to create the effect of a slow-motion scene: unwanted debris blowing away in the wind, with our stronger and more resolved singer standing at the centre of the wreckage. Even amid the ashes of her past, it seems, Margo Price keeps burning ever more brightly.
78
Paste
The result is familiar—it’s undeniably a Margo Price record—but a little extra fiery.
77
Spectrum Culture
Coloring outside the lines of country, not caring what anyone else thinks, Price engages by telling the truth and making her best album yet.
74
Pitchfork
Embracing cosmic empathy and some welcome collaborations, the Nashville songwriter’s fourth album bursts with easy confidence and kind, stoic wisdom.
70
Beats Per Minute

Though Price may still be fleeting between different sounds and styles with varying levels of success, when she finds one that suits her, the results are unparalleled in their power.

60
Slant Magazine
The album continues in a classic rock-inspired direction, breaking from the neo-traditional country music that put the singer on the map.
LonelyHipHopFan
76

Decent. The production is absolutely gorgeous and she has a great voice, but some songs are either so short that it basically ends before it starts or it's way too long and it drags on into mediocrity. Still, I like the fact that she combined pop and rock elements with the country sound and bonus points for sounding quite sincere while doing it. Nice job!

Been To The Mountain 8/10
Light Me Up 8/10
Radio 6/10
Change Of Heart 9/10
County Road 9/10
Time Machine 6/10
Hell In The Heartland ... read more

cfnugent
65

Margo Price gives a strong and thoughtful performance on her new album Strays.

While country music is not something I gravitate to, I can really appreaciate Margo's focus on the songwriting and atmosphere of this album. So often where country music goes wrong for me is in the commercial, cookie cutter, radio friendly hits. Margo is making music on Strays that feels much more rooted in the foundation of what country music is, rather than attempting to appeal to the largest and/or youngest ... read more

RichardsH
59

Country has never really been my sort of thing. This album has solid production, I like how some of the songs are structured but some of them did drag on. Having a few songs 5+ mins with this style of music on an album doesn’t really work for me. However that being said and me being a massive hypocrite country road was probably my favourite song in the end. Everything about this is fine but there’s not really anything on here that will make me want to return any time soon

cosmonaut05
65

Margo Price is clearly a strong writer and performer, however most of this record didn't quite grab my attention. Country isn't a very familiar genre to me but I wanted to give this one a go after enjoying Angel Olsen's 'All the Good Times', which has a lot of country influences. I can appreciate her attention to storytelling, but some the tracks felt a bit long-winded, so I wasn't able to quite enjoy this album as much as I would've liked to.

Favourite Tracks: Lydia, Landfill

throatgoeat
77

Country music is an unusual genre for me. But this singer represents it so well. It's a kaleidoscope of different aspects of country music. Somewhere she looked and took something from pop music, somewhere from rock. And that's what makes it work. It all sounds like fresh music, although there are moments of self-repetition.

The album's opener is probably the most cheerful and energetic song. And if at the beginning it sounds cool and it charges you, then at the fifth minute without any ... read more

wesantana
80

Tranquilo, equilíbrio, polido e a qualidade só cresce até o final do álbum. Destaque para Hell In The Heatland

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Track List

1Been To The Mountain
5:27
71
2Light Me Up
5:04
76
3Radio
2:49
69
4Change Of Heart
4:03
71
5County Road
6:07
78
6Time Machine
2:45
71
7Hell In The Heartland
4:28
74
8Anytime You Call
3:48
feat. Lucius
75
9Lydia
6:11
70
10Landfill
5:33
73
Total Length: 46 minutes
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Added on: September 20, 2022