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Goes West

William Tyler

Goes West

Fourth album of instrumental guitar compositions from the Nashville-based former member of Lambchop and Silver Jews

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  1. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Tyler’s dexterity in capturing emotion and conveying a story is rather significant under his instrumental hand – a gift that he’s always yielded, but likely now more than he ever has
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    There's a lot going on in Tyler's music, his compositions are constantly twisting and turning, they evolve before your eyes. His work is the type that rewards repeat listens, with new layers that constantly emerge, and new details waiting to be discovered
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    Tyler builds on his already sterling reputation as a player and composer, while further establishing himself as a bandleader, on this breezy but neatly sewn collection
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The author's humanistic, heart-first approach, coupled with his songs' compellingly opaque expression and egoless playing makes reliability more rewarding
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Goes West feels invigoratingly sunny. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    He may have upped sticks and gone west as the title suggests, but that distance has imbued his interpretations of home with poignancy, clear appreciation, and newfound depth
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Tyler playing acoustic while a discreet band putter around him, creating prettiness that doesn’t sound conservative or inward-looking, but expansive and consolatory
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  8. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    Soft and subtle, approaching the strains of pop while still basking in the solitude of Americana
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  9. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Tyler's songs paint landscapes of winding dirt roads, glowing streams, and wooded backcountry; Goes West is unabashed American music
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  10. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Think of William Tyler's fingers as the wind rattling the leaves on the trees. There is no storm coming, but the gusts have their own power and cannot be ignored. They make a statement
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  11. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    Even without vocals, Tyler’s songs harmonize with deceptively unassuming, emotional playing that’s as reflective, meditative and personal as some of the finest singers
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  12. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The modern hipster bows to Austin and New York as much as San Francisco
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  13. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Tyler’s dexterous command is always guaranteed to enrich your soul
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