Michael Chapman - 50
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #135 / 668
User Score
Based on 10 ratings
January 20, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Paradise of Bachelors / Label
Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Easily strong enough to act as an ideal entry point to Chapman's extensive discography, and quite likely the veteran's definitive statement, 50 deserves to reap all possible plaudits.

80
Uncut

While there are hacksaw marks here and there, 50 is a finely turned piece that surveys the looming thunderclouds of mortality and the biblical gloom of the times, and – quietly, unshowily – transcends both.

80
The Independent
Extraordinarily, over a nearly 50-year recording career featuring guitar work infused with all manner of American jazz, blues and ragtime influences, Michael Chapman had never before recorded an American album – a situation rectified here with a combo of younger devotees attracted by his burgeoning reputation as a surviving master guitarist to rival John Fahey.
77
Pitchfork

Even as it draws on new and old songs, 50 presents a startlingly current and nearly apocalyptic vision of America; it’s album full of brimstone and brine, perhaps more perfect for this moment in history than we’d like to admit.

70
AllMusic

Chapman is an artist who has never had a problem with upending creative expectations, and if 50 isn't the sort of music many of his longtime fans would expect from him, it's also passionate, literate, and the work of an artist who wants to make the most of his late-era career. Not many artists sound this determined and engaged, especially at the age of 75.

70
God Is in the TV

So while perhaps not the late career classic one might almost feel obliged to review, 50 adds a welcome ellipsis to an astonishing career of a musician who has not only tackled a myriad of genres but has also embraced (and continues to) the changes and developments of the modern music era.

Feb 27, 2017
WildChameleon
75
+ Yeaaaaaah another folk album !
+ Engaged ...
+ Good balance between classic/modern sounds ...

(- ... in America's problems that I, unfortunely, don't know)
- ... But it's not really transcendent
Jan 20, 2018
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
END OF YEAR LISTS
#29/Uncut
MISC LISTS
#90/Drift Records
Track List
  1. A Spanish Incident (Ramón and Durango)
  2. Sometimes You Just Drive
  3. The Mallard
  4. Memphis in Winter
  5. The Prospector
  6. Falling from Grace
  7. Money Trouble
  8. That Time of Night
  9. Rosh Pina
  10. Navigation
Contributions By
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Added on: January 11, 2017