Fellow Travelers

Shearwater - Fellow Travelers
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
User Score
Based on 7 ratings
November 26, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

70
The Line of Best Fit

None of the tracks surpass the original (except probably Coldplay), but it doesn’t feel like the intention to ‘one-up’ other bands here. It’s an intimate, nostalgic affair for a small minority. For others, it’ll be less vital. 

70
PopMatters

Fellow Travelers is not really a measure of Shearwater’s writing so much as its orchestration skills. Thankfully, their approach goes further than “take a loud song and make it acoustic” and its vice versa equivalent. 

60
Drowned in Sound

Fellow Travellers is a missed opportunity for a great covers album, but as a shout-out to friends, it epitomises everything that’s endearing and admirable about Shearwater.

60
musicOMH

One hopes that the Austin band takes lessons from both the successes and failures of Fellow Travelers: taking risks here and there often pays off, but don’t mess with a vocal formula that works.

60
DIY

Although this album is unlikely to change any existing opinion about a band whose left of centre sensibilities have always meant successfully evading wider acceptance, there is enough richness in the material here to merit far more than classing Fellow Travelers as a mere novelty.

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Track List

  1. Our Only Sun
  2. I Luv the Valley OH!
  3. Hurts Like Heaven
  4. Natural One
  5. Ambiguity
  6. Cheerleader
  7. Tomorrow
  8. A Wake For the Minotaur
  9. Mary Is Mary
  10. Fucked Up Life
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Added on: September 13, 2013