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Reason to Live

Lou Barlow

Reason to Live

Fourth solo album of lo-fi indie rock from the founding member of both Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr

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  1. 8.0 |   The Observer

    A warm new contentment becomes the formerly angst-filled lo-fi rocker
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  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    As ever, this latest window into his psyche prompts as many questions as it provides answers - despite offering his usual warmth and intimacy, he still deftly keeps the listener at bay by retaining a degree of mystery.
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The frankness of yore remains intact, but his focus has shifted, and the intimacy that once sometimes made Barlow's solo work a white knuckle ride now amplifies the tranquility of these strums. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Barlow imbues his life experiences—a touring musician, a father, an observer of global events—with a joyous sincerity that elevates the album from being more than another mere legacy act release
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  5. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It's a warm and slightly rickety set, with folk-ish elements and faint echoes of Sentridoh. Print edition only

  6. 7.0 |   All Music

    While there are plenty of fans who would like to see Lou Barlow pull that old four-track cassette deck out of mothballs, Reason to Live demonstrates the folly of that thinking, as Barlow is still in touch with what was best about his old work while maturing in the ways that truly matter
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  7. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Yes, Reason To Live is a truly middle-aged record, and a gorgeous one at that. For Barlow, it marks a time to put away childish things and have faith in those reasons to live

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