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Hard Love

Strand Of Oaks

Hard Love

Fifth album from Philadelphia-based folk rock singer-songwriter Timothy Showalter

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The album illustrates the hazy decadence of years on the road balanced with a craving to return home to a life close to resembling normalcy
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  2. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Showalter again has a reflective eye on himself, and Hard Love is an expose of his life's pursuits, sometimes self-destructive, and sometimes life-giving, albeit in a roundabout way
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  3. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    Is it fun to be a rock star? It certainly sounds that way. But is it worth it? That’s open for you to decide
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  4. 7.0 |   All Music

    An aptly named salute to the myriad complexities of intimacy, the nature of comeuppance, and the difficulties of navigating forward in the cruel wake of youth
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  5. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Overstuffed and perhaps a bit overambitious, but repeated listening will reap ample rewards
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  6. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    A conflicted yet summarily good record that breathes new life into good ol' rock'n'roll
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  7. 7.0 |   The Music

    Anchoring him firmly in groove-laden rock realms after an early career flecked with folk
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  8. 7.0 |   Uncut

    An odd mix, maybe, but a believable one. Print edition only

  9. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The autobiographical songwriter remains as raw and forthcoming as ever
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  10. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    The latest Strand of Oaks album has a sunnier outlook and a hedonistic streak, evoking Creation Records bands like Primal Scream and Oasis. But it never really adds up to a bold statement
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  11. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Timothy Showalter writes from the heart
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  12. 6.0 |   The Independent

    While his good intentions to smarten up his drug-sozzled, road-weary life may be commendable, they don’t necessarily make “Quit It” any more agreeable
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  13. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A quick-fire shift of styles that never quite feel connected
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  14. 4.0 |   Q

    There's little to distinguish it from the material of any of thousands of competent bar bands. Print edition only

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