Turn The Car Around

Gaz Coombes - Turn The Car Around
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2023 Ratings: #67 / 757
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Based on 483 ratings
2023 Rank: #595
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Observer
The former Supergrass frontman’s gorgeous, heartfelt new songs are intoxicating.
90
musicOMH
With enough musical substance to leave its vapour trails hanging in the sky for hours afterwards, this magnificent record is the finest achievement of the Supergrass frontman’s solo career so far.
90
DIY
Gaz’s fourth creates a nocturnal palette that’s familiar yet sonically adventurous.
80
AllMusic

Coombes remains a rocker in repose, avoiding the temptation to make a racket, yet Turn the Car Around carries a sense of adventure that World's Strongest Man lacked, which ultimately makes it a richer listen.

80
Clash
It’s a fearless, intricately crafted and sonically expansive body of work that effortlessly showcases why he’s one of the UK’s most talented songwriters.
80
Uncut
In contrast to the adrenalin rush of Supergrass's recent reunion shows, Coombes' fourth is cultivated and considered, its detailed arrangements illuminated by Ian Davenport's muscular production.
80
Mojo
More soul-searching, but with instrumental structuring and melodic grace of satisfying excellence.
80
The Telegraph
Coombes, a quite masterful musical auteur after three decades in the game, skillfully navigates the record away from one long mid-life nightmare.
80
Record Collector
This is a thoughtful, and thought-provoking, set of songs from a winter whose responses to the world around him illustrate an ever-deepening maturity.
80
Evening Standard
Generating a fuzzy feeling for your youth is only one thing Coombes is capable of at this point. As the music here proves, his creative well runs very deep indeed.
70
Classic Rock
A rewarding journey that delights in a celebration of friendship, inclusivity and 'this crazy dream of our utopia'.
cfnugent
80

I certainly wasn't expecting another amazing album this early in the year, but I'm really blown away with Gaz Coombes here on Turn The Car Around.

This seems like it may be another guilty pleasure album for me. The chorus' are catchy and the vocals are great. There's just something so endearing about this album. I'm a pretty huge Arctic Monkeys fan, and this is the closest thing I've heard to them recently.

I've ordered my vinyl already. Please check this record out, I hope this doesn't go ... read more

SnowyFighter
74

Hey I’m bopping

Okay so yeah this definitely isn’t the most insane HOLY FUCK MY MIND IS BLOWN album on the face of the planet but honestly I can appreciate it for writing some good hooks and having some solid material. I love the dudes voice a ton. I also love the production which is pretty playful at times. Overnight Trains is my favorite song on here and I think it has a beautiful piano part that ends in a really satisfying way. Don’t Say It’s Over, Feel Loop and ... read more

LonelyHipHopFan
50

OUTDATED

This is album is a confusing one. I like it, even though it's one-note as hell, which is mostly because of the production that can get repetitive by the end. The project is literally carried by the vocals that are just phenomenal. The songwriting is alright, there are some nice hooks here and there, but without the vocals, this would excellent.

pinkblack23
88

Grrrrrrrrrrrate!

ExplodingDukeX
40

This was my first album from Gaz's solo career and I have to say, i'm disappointed. The instrumental is alright but the lyrics are so bland.

Monodance
60

The lushiest project from Gaz so far, this work marks one significant thing about him. With every album prior to this he was challenging himself how to get from his Supergrass roots to more timeless sound and now he's completely relaxed and free.
I appreciate this but the drawback certainly is the lack of contrast (Feel Loop is the exception, it really shakes up the mood a little bit).

Favs: Feel Loop (Lizard Dream), Turn The Car Around

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Added on: September 27, 2022