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Sound & Fury

Sturgill Simpson

Sound & Fury

Album number four for American country singer-songwriter co-produced by Simpson himself and Grammy nominee John Hill (Cage The Elephant, Portugal.The Man, Bleachers) to accompany the Netflix anime film of the same name

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Atlantic / New Elektra
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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Another big shift in direction for Simpson, with anime visuals, glam rock, disco and grunge ornamenting never-more-country lyrics: it’s extraordinary
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Simpson is at the wheel, his Teflon tough voice, high torque guitar playing, and vivid lyrics steadying this thrilling journey through a world on the brink, and ensuring the wheels never come off, which would surely happen with a lesser artist in the driver's seat
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  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Simpson’s fourth studio album drives away from country and right into rock’n’roll
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The album's schizoid ruse is neatly summed-up by Make Art Not Friends, which makes its wondrous metamorphosis from lithe dance track to all-American rocker in just under six minutes. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The fizzy psych-funk of "A Good Luck" and "Sing Along" ramp up the atmosphere in grand style, matched by Simpson's fabulous baritone, through best of all is the monstrous "Fastest Horse In Town". Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Q

    This is the sound of a man doing exactly what he wants, rather than what everyone expects and it's totally compelling. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Rock, riffs, and rage
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  8. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Let’s argue about whether or not Sturgill Simpson is country. Actually, let’s not
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  9. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    The fourth album from the country outlaw is another left-turn with synth-rock at its scuzziest, boogie-rock at its cheesiest, all held together by Simpson’s fearless songwriting
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  10. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The tightest tunes here tend to be the mid-tempo ones, or the ones with the cleanest production
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  11. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Fortunately, the handful of spots where Simpson comes up with some fresh musical ideas help to buoy the vitriol spewed over the rest of the album's course
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  12. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The country iconoclast is at his best when he lets his guitar do the talking on this self-referential set
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  13. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    It’s an understatement to say the album’s audacious tone and approach will take some getting used to for Americana fans. But those with open minds and an affinity for ’80s sounds should warm up to this unanticipated, intense but generally enticing music
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  14. 6.5 |   Paste Magazine

    On its own, the album is loud, sometimes cranky and also the least essential entry in Simpson’s catalog so far
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  15. 6.0 |   All Music

    The Americana maverick cranks up the amplifiers and noise on this soundtrack to his anime film
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  16. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Throughout, a commitment to heartfelt songcraft remains the most “country” thing about Sound & Fury
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