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How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?

Big Red Machine

How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?

Second collaborative album from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (the National), featuring guests appearances from Fleet Foxes, Anaïs Mitchell, Taylor Swift, This Is The Kit, and Sharon Van Etten amongst others

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    BRM's second is a dazzling stylistic display. Print edition only

  2. 8.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    They sound confident and ebullient, and even the darkest moments are tinged with the hope that community and collaboration can bring: the sound of musicians reveling in the sheer, simple joy of making music, with brothers or with the family that they chose
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  3. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Compassion permeates these tunes, something you can hear in every voice that sings on the album, in every musical note, and by the end of an impressive collection of songs (15 altogether!) you’ve gone on quite an emotional, experimental indie pop journey
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    While it might be too obvious to point a finger at Dessner’s work last year with Taylor Swift (on her exquisitely morose sibling albums, Folklore and Evermore) for the subtle changes, what we know from here is that Dessner wasn’t above sharing embryonic Big Red Machine music with her
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The result is a warmly autumnal, subtly adventurous set. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s a broad canvas, though the tone is largely slow and stately, pushing together the electronic and organic in a way that feels natural and very beautiful
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  7. 8.0 |   The FT

    The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon reunite for an evocative collaborative album
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  8. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Artists want to work with them, and it’s apparent on both Big Red Machine albums that those who choose to do so enjoy it, and therefore make music we enjoy, too. Aaron Dessner’s career has transformed into a never-ending musical dinner party, and we’re all invited
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  9. 7.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    It’s a tad too long, and some of the talent is under-utilized, but Dessner and Vernon have created a worthwhile follow-up to their humble debut
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  10. 7.0 |   All Music

    After an hour, the album is bookended with another Anaïs Mitchell appearance, the nostalgic "New Auburn." While How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?'s mellow poignancy is likely to stick more than any of its songs; its pathos is genuine and immersive
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  11. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s expansive side project embraces new guests and familiar sounds, but sometimes feels lost in its own pleasant fog
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  12. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    A generation of artists from across genres have adopted mood and vibe as their guiding principle, yet few wield it with their precision
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  13. 7.0 |   DIY

    There’s a terrific bounty to be enjoyed in the centre of the Vernon-Dessner Venn diagram
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  14. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Big Red Machine’s How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? leans into traditional song structures and fully fleshed-out arrangements
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  15. 6.8 |   Spectrum Culture

    It’s a bigger, more sprawling project than their previous endeavor, but that scope can sometimes make the album impenetrable
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  16. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Big Red Machine conjure magic but struggle to connect on How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?
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  17. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    The duo have now painted themselves in the corner of having to bring some celebrity firepower to each song or there doesn’t seem to be much course left to run
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  18. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Aaron Dessner and Justin ‘Bon Iver’ Vernon recruit Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes and more for this album full of misty autumnal beauty – and a quiet punch
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  19. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Over the course of an inconsistent hour, the lasting sadness is the ease with which Big Red Machine has waived its original goal; they’ve found an unclimbed mountain, and given up to sit on the first bench with a nice view
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