Anderson East - Encore
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #63 / 220
User Score
Based on 49 ratings
2018 Ratings: #114
January 12, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Low Country Sound, Elektra / Label
Soul / Genres
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Slant Magazine

East conveys his truth through feeling, and his sensual approach invests his performances with a strong sense of emotional connection.

American Songwriter

The songs are terrific, East sells them with his gritty, committed vocals and “Encore” is poised to push the talented singer-songwriter over the top and into the mainstream.


If he sometimes sounds like he leans too hard into his rasp, this vocal tic is mitigated by those songwriting skills and the supple sound of Cobb's production, elements that turn Encore into a minor gem.


No matter who he consorts with and where he lives, East would have likely stood out on the strength of his voice alone. He possesses a marvelous growling tenor that he nestles into comfortably and pushes to its absolute limits when the mood or music pushes him.

Spectrum Culture

Although his lyrics and emotional depth leave something to be desired on Encore, East enlivens the current Southern soul renaissance with a thoroughly solid album that stands up well against his Nashville counterparts.

Jan 12, 2018
Expertly played collection of bluesy singer-songwriter material that doesn't sound all too different than all those other expertly played collections of bluesy singer-songwriter albums. It's that sort of thing that falls between the cracks, never critically lauded nor commercially successful but it's there if you want it.
Apr 24, 2018*
Kind of a mixed a mixed bag for me. Don’t care for any of these to the extent I did for his cut on the southern family compilation album. However, There are still some really great vocal performances that make this album relatively enjoyable.
Jan 30, 2018
I gotta give Anderson East credit, it sure does sound like he is having fun performing this music. And it can be enjoyable to listen to that exuding energy. However, the album on the whole didn’t stand out. The songs sounded like nice fun radio tracks in the background of a road trip. There’s nothing inherently wrong with songs like that, but I’m not going to recommend this whole project very much. Check out a couple of the tracks, I think most would enjoy it, but not really ... read more
Jan 26, 2018
Beautiful album
Jan 18, 2018
Amazing soul album filled with emotion-packed breakdowns and some powerful vocalson this album. Very deep and layered album musically, very nice winter vibes I'm getting from this album. Lots of very strong tracks, don't think there exists a weak track. VERY very impressed with my intro to Mr. Anderson East.
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Track List
  1. King For a Day
  2. This Too Shall Last
  3. House Is a Building
  4. Sorry You're Sick
  5. If You Keep Leaving Me
  6. Girlfriend
  7. Surrender
  8. All On My Mind
  9. Without You
  10. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces
  11. Cabinet Door
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Added on: January 9, 2018