Anderson East - Encore
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2018 Ratings: #126 / 399
User Score
Based on 54 ratings
2018 Ratings: #224
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.

Jun 5, 2018
Honestly, it doesn't connect at all, it's hard to sit through and sounds like ... nothing. What is it so praised for?
May 25, 2018
Southern blue-eyed soul is hyper-trendy right now, but plenty of artists are actually doing something novel with it, from Chris Stapleton to Lake Street Dive to Sturgill Simpson to Parker Millsap. Anderson East, the recent beneficiary of a lot of East Nashville hype, opts for a more faithful approach to the classics. The vocals and production carefully emulate his predecessors; they are the focus of this album, and credit where credit is due — “Encore” sounds phenomenal. East ... read more
May 10, 2018
I loved this album at first listen. It didn't grow well on me though because I found Anderson's voice just a little too overpowering on slower songs. The instrumentation doesn't offer anything very interesting either, as his voice is meant to be the centerpiece of each song. I guess I'm just not a huge fan of his voice.
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
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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