From A Room: Volume 1

Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 1
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Ratings: #195 / 734
User Score
Based on 72 ratings
2017 Ratings: #331
May 5, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

81
Paste

It’s an efficient collection of performances that not only show off Stapleton’s skills, but also hint at a possible stylistic shift on the second volume, due later this year. That’s exciting.

80
Rolling Stone

From A Room is strikingly focused, sonically and thematically.

80
AllMusic

There's no grand concept here: it's just a collection of good tunes, delivered simply and soulfully, and that's more than enough.

80
The Independent

From A Room: Vol. 1 builds on the success of Chris Stapleton’s Grammy-winning debut Traveller, through a similar blend of country songwriting smarts and soulful engagement.

80
PopMatters

Altogether, From a Room provides a counterpoint to the Southern outlaw meets Nashville hit machine artistry that some might have expected Stapleton to embrace. Although this album likely won’t sweep the CMAs as Traveller did, its refined craftsmanship hammers home Stapleton’s abilities as a singer and songwriter.

80
Uncut

Indeed, From A Room: Volume One manages to pull off that rare trick of sounding both fresh and familiar, as dauntless as it is consoling.

76
Pitchfork

Vol. 1 works as a tribute to that studio, but Stapleton is as interested in personal history as he is in music history.

75
Consequence of Sound

These nine songs have the potent rumble of a muscle car revving its engine as a show of strength balanced with that poignant ache that country music does so well.

70
Slant Magazine

The focus of From A Room: Volume 1 is on individual moments, not on how its songs work together as a whole.

60
Exclaim!

The genre is wide, but Stapleton's Room is so narrow and old-fashioned that, despite its quality songwriting, it feels stifling at times.

josecarloslopes
33
Favorite tracks : SOME ONE TO KNOW, EITHER WAY and I WAS WRONG.
zdwyatt
90
As is usually the case with double albums (or, as here, albums released close together), I would have preferred to see the best songs from each disc put on a single release. I know Stapleton's been writing forever and has a huge catalog to pull from. But given how good the best songs on these two albums are, a single collection would have been insane. As a standalone collection, I think this is the stronger of the two and "Either Way" is the song of the year.

Favorite tracks: Either ... read more
JAM
78
"From A Room, Vol. 1" is my favorite release from Stapleton yet. The instrumentation is simplistic in comparison to his debut, making "From a Room" place a lot more emphasis on the artist's voice. He takes a lot more risks in his vocals too, making these set of tracks his most powerful to date. I enjoy the quieter tracks within this album, as I find his noisier tracks to take away from what drives this album to success.

Favorite Tracks: Broken Halos, I Was Wrong, Death ... read more
NR
Good song writing, and doesn't fall into the clichés of modern popular country.
DukeEman
67
Not only country, but a bit of blues and rock thrown into the mix...
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Track List

  1. Broken Halos
  2. Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning
  3. Second One to Know
  4. Up to No Good Livin'
  5. Either Way
  6. I Was Wrong
  7. Without Your Love
  8. Them Stems
  9. Death Row
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