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Terms Of Surrender

Hiss Golden Messenger

Terms Of Surrender

Eighth album from MC Taylor's North Carolina-based indie folk ensemble recorded at the New York studio of The National's Aaron Dessner

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  1. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Hiss Golden Messenger’s ability to transform the familiar into the progressive continues to dazzle
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  2. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Jenny Lewis and The National’s Aaron Dessner guest this time out but to be honest, the spotlight is increasingly and deservedly Taylor’s alone to enjoy. Surrender now
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    There's something transcendent about the former hardcore kid and the musicians he assembles for Hiss Golden Messenger. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Effortless hitting of the sweet spot. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Terms of Surrender is a major step forward for MC Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    MC Taylor’s 11th album was written in depression but finds notes of hope – and a musical sound that fuses old with new
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Country-rock with a conscience
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  8. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Taylor suffers defeat graciously, but without denying the pain of loss, and that perspective weaves throughout the album
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  9. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    MC Taylor delivers is a richly emotional country-soul LP with help from his kids and friends like Jenny Lewis
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  10. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Taylor manages to flip his career-long look for the silver lining by acknowledging the pull of the worldly can only be put in a tidy little box for so long
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  11. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    Working without his longtime collaborator Scott Hirsch, M.C. Taylor enlists guests Jenny Lewis and Aaron Dessner as he explores the heaviest questions and realizes there are no answers
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  12. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Presents a man sinking on the edges but bullishly so, not countenancing change. The effect is disquieting, uncomfortable, especially with Aaron Dessner's sumptuous production giving these songs a contrastingly romantic sheen. Print edition only

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