Joan Shelley

Joan Shelley - Joan Shelley
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #121 / 883
User Score
Based on 52 ratings
2017 Ratings: #171
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May 5, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
No Quarter / Label
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The Independent

In Jeff Tweedy, singer-songwriter Joan Shelley has surely met her perfect production partner. This, her fourth album, is simply magical.

Loud and Quiet

Like Nick Drake or Joni Mitchell, Joan Shelley the musician appears to have total mastery of her art; ‘Joan Shelley’ the album exploits that mastery with a grace all of its own.


Four albums in, Joan Shelley has refined her craft to pinpoint clarity, in the process creating her best record yet.


She is a tremendous talent, poised for a long and productive career in folk music, with a breakthrough into much bigger things very easy to envision.


The 11-track set is loose, yet never directionless, with melodies that are less stately, though no less comforting than those found on the album's predecessor -- Shelley's voice itself is a marvel of sonic palliation.


The fifth album from the Kentucky singer-songwriter is her most intimate record yet, bracing and dense, featuring subtle production touches from Jeff Tweedy.

The 405

Joan Shelley remains a largely satisfying record with some moments of true magic, despite not ostentatiously breaking any new ground.

Rolling Stone

If Nick Drake and Sandy Denny had had a kid, she may have grown up to be Joan Shelley, a Kentucky folkie whose exquisitely hushed fourth album sounds like a collection of the world's most downcast sea shanties.

The Skinny

There's really nowhere to hide on an album this pared back – it's both a strength and a weakness. On the album's more plaintive ballads, you're thankful for that restraint.

Another beautiful album from the very underrated songwriter
She's the best. Yes.
If you’re into female singer-songwriters making acoustic records with 1970s sonic touchstones and fingerpicked guitars, 2017 has been your year. From Bedouine to the Weather Station to This is the Kit to Julie Byrne, there’s been no shortage of quality releases within this vibe. With this in mind, for Joan Shelley to stand out, her self-titled would need to be great, not merely good. And the album definitely is good, but I’m struggling to remember any individual melodies or ... read more
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Year End Lists

#33/Q Magazine
#34/NPR Music

Track List

  1. We'd Be Home
  2. If the Storms Never Come
  3. Where I'll Find You
  4. I Got What I Wanted
  5. Even Though
  6. I Didn’t Know
  7. Go Wild
  8. The Push and Pull
  9. Pull Me Up One More Time
  10. Wild Indifference
  11. Isn't That Enough
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Added on: March 22, 2017