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Last Of The Country Gentlemen

Josh T. Pearson

Last Of The Country Gentlemen

First solo album from the Texas singer-songwriter and former member of Lift To Experience

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  1. 10.0 |   Uncut

    A stone-cold masterpiece, it's a lost telegram of flickering faith and burned-out hope
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  2. 10.0 |   Subba Cultcha

    He probably won't cheer you up, but there are little who could astound so well with their misery and offer a redemptive light in all the darkness
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  3. 10.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A truly magnificent record
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  4. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    Josh T Pearson is this year's John Grant: a bearded American who is back from the brink with a melancholic masterpiece
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  5. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    One of the greatest and most compelling albums to emerge from this decade so far
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  6. 9.0 |   DIY

    Josh T. Pearson has created an album of genuinely breathtaking emotional heft. Astounding
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  7. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    It might be painful, but you will savour every tear and be thankful for the bruises
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  8. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    The ex-Lift To Experience frontman's extraordinarily demanding album is a howl from the backwoods; lovingly detailed but as raw and exposed as salt on an open wound
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  9. 9.0 |   The Observer

    The overall effect is more of catharsis than desolation
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  10. 9.0 |   The 405

    Occasionally an artist pops up with talent so rich, a soul so deep and balls so big, it tips the balance and the world feels level again. Thank God for Josh T. Pearson
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  11. 9.0 |   Blurt

    Where the hell did Pearson disappear to after LtE's dissolution? Sporadic solo performance sightings aside, he eventually relocated to Paris and - now this. Reacquaint yourselves
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  12. 9.0 |   AU Review

    At only seven songs, it’s a little short but, for those who’ve waited 10 years for this material, it will feel like finding an archive. Simply stunning
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  13. 8.5 |   BBC

    A raw and white-knuckled collection, one which captures the phenomenal emotions of the man’s solo live sets
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  14. 8.0 |   Prefix

    A moving and welcome, albeit sometimes fatiguing, comeback from what was thought to be a lost soul
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  15. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    His faith in love rings loud and pure through the hell
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  16. 8.0 |   Clash

    To be absolutely treasured
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  17. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A stark, heart-breaking and often harrowing album
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  18. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Stark yet still overtly dramatic, it's an astonishing showcase of confessional songwriting
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  19. 8.0 |   Q

    Pearson's muse has caught fire once more. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A precious record, almost certainly among the most soulful you’re likely to hear this year
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  21. 8.0 |   Mojo

    These are less songs, more open wounds. Print edition only

  22. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    As troubled as you'd expect, with the preacher's son conjuring clouds of intensity from mostly just plucked guitar and his ravaged Jeff Buckley of a vocal
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  23. 6.0 |   Bowlegs

    If you can hit the lights and steer through the gloomy fog, then just maybe you will discover it’s admittedly bleak but charming vulnerability
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  24. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Musically, the mood throughout is as considered as the lyrics – no dancing here, just intense diary entries that keep you rooted to the spot
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  25. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    An auspicious opening scene to what will hopefully be a long and brilliant second act
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  26. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Sincerity only works if it’s leavened with requisite irony and playfulness, and that’s a characteristic that Last Of The Country Gentlemen sorely lacks
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  27. 6.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    This sporadically beguiling record lacks the emotional vibrancy needed to stop listening becoming a slog
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  28. 4.0 |   Pitchfork

    At heart, it's just a dawdling folk record that's far too enamored with its own put-ons and far too disregarding of its listener
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