A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart

Bill Ryder-Jones - A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2013 Ratings: #428 / 1035
User Score
Based on 8 ratings
April 8, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

Once you’ve accustomed yourself to the sedate pace, something haunting, stately and – in a small-scale, arthousey sort of way – cinematic gradually reveals itself.

80
The Fly

An intimate and very British release to cherish and hold close; it also happens to be one of the year’s best so far.

80
AllMusic

It never feels like a self-absorbed, autobiographical bore, as Jones' is an enigmatic enough narrator and a gifted enough arranger that what initially seems like ephemera turns out to be surprisingly affecting.

80
PopMatters

The sheer attention to detail and craftsmanship on A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart somehow gives a sense – in keeping with the romantic paradoxes that populate the album’s lyrics – that these days this kind of unfashionably direct, heartfelt tunesmithery might just be its own kind of innovation.

70
DIY

While his vocal delivery sounds as though he’s having to force each word out through cracked lips at the end of a long night, the accompanying music fits perfectly

70
musicOMH

His skills as an songwriter and arranger are clearly evident – each song builds with subtlety and restraint, and there’s a neat rhythmic twist halfway through Anthony & Owen that brings his former band to mind.

70
The 405

The solemn accounts of squandered innocence nestle wonderfully atop the layered melodies, the final production focusing on clarity and polish.

52
Pitchfork

What’s most disappointing about the album is how Ryder-Jones has almost completely abandoned taking any sonic risks.

Z.Younk
58
Bordering on monotonous in its lows, its highs make it mainstream fodder for more than just sad acoustic heads.
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Year End Lists

#8/Q Magazine
#75/Rough Trade

Track List

  1. Hanging Song
  2. There's a World Between Us
  3. A Bad Wind
  4. By Morning I
  5. The Lemon Tree #3
  6. Anthony & Owen
  7. Christina That's the Saddest Thing
  8. You're Getting Like Your Sister
  9. He Took You in His Arms
  10. A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart
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Added on: April 9, 2013