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Countless Branches

Bill Fay

Countless Branches

Third album from the veteran English singer-songwriter produced by Joshua Henry

ADM rating[?]

8.0

Label
Dead Oceans
UK Release date
17/01/2020
US Release date
17/01/2020
  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    Countless Branches, perhaps due to its profound yet intimate vision as well as its craft, just may be Fay's masterpiece
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  2. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Thank you, Bill Fay, for offering up such a richly rewarding, calming center in the eye of the shitstorm that is our current existence
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This is one of those rare records were extra additions aren't just unnecessary; fine as they are, the fuller arrangements of some of these same songs included here as bonus tracks suggest that Fay has cooked up material of such elemental and fragile beauty that any additional noises could easily scare away the magic
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  4. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    This is an album of big themes, celebrating the ancient and mystical, the human and the spiritual, the constancy of good versus the cruelty of evil, and songs of childhood, of ageing, and of death
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  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's a warmer interpretation of Fay's celebration of and concern for the state of the world than on 2015's icier Who IS The Sender?
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Instead of meeting fire with ire, there's an attempt to provide calm, clarity, a space to contemplate what really matters. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Q

    The minimalism only focuses the listener on his searching, spiritual lyrics and lovely, time-aged voice. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Bill Fay's brand of straight-forward and yet heavy-hitting popular folk deserves a place in every discerning listener's library
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    One of Britain's most underrated singer-songwriters is going from strength to strength in his 70s. As ever, Bill Fay focuses on the search for meaning and substance in everyday life
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Its brevity allows the listener the chance to become immersed in Fay’s lyrical world of love, time and hope. Cave claimed that Fay is “one of the greats”. On this outing, it’s clear why
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  11. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The singer-songwriter’s third album since returning from his decades-long obscurity is his sparest and most tender
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  12. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    As much as any working musician, Bill Fay understands the unfathomable nature of life. Thank goodness he’s sharing with us what he has learned along the way
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