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  • Summary: The first full-length solo release for the indie artist in nine years feature contributions from Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney (who also produced the album).
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  1. Oct 22, 2018
    78
    A Wonderful Beast shows again how Johnson’s voice adds layers of meaning to his music--and how he’s kept that skill fresh by finding new ways to deploy it, and new people to help.
  2. Oct 22, 2018
    70
    A Wonderful Beast feels more like a partially successful experiment than a fully realized meeting of the minds, but Johnson, Carney, and Branch complement one another better than one might expect, and this shows Johnson is still game to try new things and push the boundaries of his musical comfort zone.
  3. Oct 22, 2018
    60
    A Wonderful Beast stands as a frustrating listen; a demonstration of what Calvin Johnson can do when he's motivated and what he can do when he's just fucking around.
  4. Mojo
    Oct 22, 2018
    60
    A Wonderful Beast occasionally revisits that street-walkin' vibe (When The Weekend Comes Around), but otherwise rises above genre to present this foghorn-voiced alt icon as quality songsmith, amid unprecedentedly high-spec playing and arrangements. [Nov 2018, p.94]
  5. Dec 11, 2018
    50
    Johnson's fourth solo album, A Wonderful Beast, is a lethargic attempt at a slowcore dance album.