Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #124 / 763
User Score
Based on 39 ratings
2016 Ratings: #295
August 19, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung manages to catch the restlessly churning, improvisatory lightning of Walker's live shows in the studio, whilst wisely cutting out any idling that could grate in home listening. 

80
Loud and Quiet

Set aside all of ‘Primrose Green’’s whimsy strains, Walker has finally blossomed into the mature and talented songwriter he is today, putting together eight almost flawless tracks of solid and structured folk.

80
Exclaim!

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung is a personal best for Walker, innovation for the genre and in general, just a damn good listen.

80
musicOMH

If it sometimes felt as if Walker felt the need to imitate his heroes, here he seems to have better assimilated the information he needs, trusting his own instincts and his own sound, as well as drawing from a wider range of sources.

70
Under The Radar

This time around, he's also extending his reach as a composer, and successfully complicating his relationship with vintage Brit folk.

70
AllMusic

On one level, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung delivers the most advanced music Walker's released to date. That said, despite his growing confidence and excellent production and arrangements, the singing and lyric writing still need work.

70
PopMatters

Elegantly composed and immaculately constructed, these are songs that conjure up more than an image of an open field awaiting a lover’s passage or a cityscape laden with crushed spirits; they conjure up a picture of a vibrant mind with an old soul.

67
Consequence of Sound

Pivoting genres is no easy feat, and growing pains are expected and present. His knack for precision and developing lush arrangements on these eight songs proves that he’s more than up to the task.

65
Pitchfork

The first song on guitar wunderkind Ryley Walker’s fourth album might be the best thing he’s ever done. Then there are the other seven songs.

60
The Guardian

Ryley Walker’s third album opens with one of the best songs of the year ... It sets the bar high for the rest of the album, which never manages to reach that level of invention.

AndrewK
83
What damn fine album. Rich in texture and detail. Gentle in its melodies and instrumentation. Mature in its lyrics and compositions. Cream of the crop of the singer-songwriter/folk genre.
Kokolores
85
Sullen Mind is one of my favourite songs on this album. Coming from the former Primrose Green it may take some patience to see the strength of Ryle's new work. Absolutely great!
winitheju
68
A little disappointing when compared to his last couple albums. His guitar virtuosity is a little muted by overproduction and too much electric guitar. Some strong moments here though, including the halfwit in me and the roundabout.
sourcherry24
90
Sounds so much like the earlier Bob Dylan stuff. Love it.
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Track List

  1. The Halfwit in Me
  2. A Choir Apart
  3. Funny Thing She Said
  4. Sullen Mind
  5. I Will Ask You Twice
  6. The Roundabout
  7. The Great and Undecided
  8. Age Old Tale
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