From A Room: Volume 2

Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #358 / 838
User Score
Based on 56 ratings
2017 Ratings: #387
Liked by 1 person
December 1, 2017 / Release Date
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Mercury Nashville / Label
Country / Genres
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A.V. Club
Stapleton’s gravelly vocals sell his own openly emotive songs like no one else could.

It's a collection of moments, just like From a Room, Vol. 1, but that's the charm of From a Room, Vol. 2. Stapleton isn't crafting a major statement; he's knocking out a bunch of songs that work on their own terms -- and when the two records are combined, it's clear he's the lifer he intends to be.

Rolling Stone
Again, the songs feel like unearthed classics.
It's Stapleton's grasp on the constant joys of life despite the troubles that makes his music essential and enduring.

Vol. 2 leavens its heavier moments with songs that celebrate the simple joys of love and marriage and family, without lapsing into sentimentality.

Slant Magazine

If anything, the album flows together even better than Volume 1, where the disparity between light-heartedness and heavier themes was an occasional distraction. But really, it's best to consider the two albums as part of the same story—an idiosyncratic travelogue through country traditions, with a guide who's unfailing in keeping things compelling.

The Needle Drop
Chris Stapleton drops a second album of quality contemporary country in 2017.
The Independent
While this partner set doesn’t have quite the sustained quality of the preceding album released six months ago, it still affirms the value of spiking country music with a strong shot of rhythm & blues.
so i like country music now
Favorite tracks : MILLIONAIRE.
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 weaker of the two.

Favorite tracks: Simple Song, Nobody's Lonely Tonight, Hard Livin'
After that emotional and vivid From A Room: Volume 1, now Stapleton encores his persona to record this one with more accessibility and less effort, so fullfilling one of the most likeable country pieces of 2017 as that voice stands out over the congenial composition/production of other´s works.

► BEST TRACKS: "Hard Livin'", "Nobody's Lonely Tonight", "A Simple Song" and "Friendship"
► WORST TRACKS: "Tryin' to Untangle My Mind"
"From a Room, Vol. 2" loses the uniqueness that his previous two albums had. The flaws of volume 1 are amplified on this record, as the instrumentation and songwriting is much more rough and generic. Stapleton still sings great on this one, but hollow writing and bland thematic choices take away from what made Stapleton special in his past. However, there are still moments that carry the foundation of what interested me in this music in the first place. To me, these moments are ... read more
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Track List

  1. Millionaire
  2. Hard Livin'
  3. Scarecrow in the Garden
  4. Nobody's Lonely Tonight
  5. Tryin' to Untangle My Mind
  6. A Simple Song
  7. Midnight Train to Memphis
  8. Drunkard's Prayer
  9. Friendship
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Added on: December 1, 2017