The Order of Time

Valerie June - The Order of Time
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Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #36 / 716
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Based on 150 ratings
2017 Ratings: #260
March 10, 2017 / Release Date
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The Independent

Her follow-up to 2013’s sublime Pushin’ Against A Stone finds Valerie June expanding her unique blend of blues, soul and mountain music to create a distinctive hybrid in which past and future coalesce with gentle power.

Slant Magazine
This is music that's made to sound like it might have sprung up from the ground beneath our feet but just as easily could have descended from another dimension.

Valerie June follows-up a highly regarded debut with a stronger, tighter set of songs around the theme of time and its passing. The Order of Time is unique and presents a confident and dynamic songwriter and performer with a rich background in stylistic and regional influences.

This is the singer-songwriter as wise woman, as wickedly sharp village witch.
The Guardian
Her second album finds the Tennessean again blending genres – folk, classic pop, soul and Appalachian bluegrass – into a cohesive whole, thanks to her top-notch songwriting and sublime musicianship.

With The Order of Time, she exudes the languid pace of the South with poetic songs and spacy arrangements that breeze out through the screen door.

American Songwriter

More ornate and richly produced than any of her previous recordings, The Order Of Time fully establishes June as a proper auteur who has long transcended any limitations as a quaint revivalist.

I found her voice annoying.
On her second, formal album, the lady from Memphis makes her neo-appalachian blues according to the traditional way, without forgetting to add some modern touches of her own that save them from becoming fossils.
A younger version of me would never believe that 24 year old Caleb would listen to a southern bluesy soul album, but here we are. June’s twang is oddly infectious on an album that is both gentle and fun.
This album was a grower, the first times I heard it, it didn’t click. So I left it for a few months, and when I came back to it in the summer it just nestled itself in my heart and hasn’t left since, so when Long Lonely Road starts, a loving sadness bleeds out of me instantly. Each time I heard this album since it edged itself closer and closer to my favourites of the year. It’s an album that feels like a full expression from the heart, and her voice definitely helps that ... read more
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Track List

  1. Long Lonely Road
  2. Love You Once Made
  3. Shake Down
  4. If And
  5. Man Done Wrong
  6. The Front Door
  7. Astral Plane
  8. Just In Time
  9. With You
  10. Slip Slide On By
  11. Two Hearts
  12. Got Soul
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Added on: October 25, 2016