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  • Summary: The first full-length studio release in six years for the Canadian alt-country/folk rock band led by Michael Timmins.
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  1. Mojo
    Jul 9, 2018
    100
    [The Trinity Session was] An alt-folk classic--and this might be one too. [Aug 2018, p.93]
  2. Jul 24, 2018
    80
    That Cowboy Junkies are still making music this far down the line is to be applauded. That it ranks with the very best of their material deserves nothing less than an ovation.
  3. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jul 9, 2018
    80
    This is a strange kind of beauty. [Summer 2018, p.88]
  4. Q Magazine
    Jul 31, 2018
    80
    All That Reckoning hums with barely suppressed threat. [Sep 2018, p.110]
  5. Jul 9, 2018
    70
    With the release of their 16th album, All That Reckoning, the Toronto group craft something simple, passionate and visceral.
  6. Jul 13, 2018
    70
    All That Reckoning is a smart, compelling set of songs from a group that hasn't run out of things to say or the ability to say them with eloquence.
  7. Jul 16, 2018
    60
    Musically, too, there are tempestuous moments (Missing Children; Sing Me a Song), but the quartet only soar when the lights are dimmed and ambience takes precedence over energy.

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  1. Jul 15, 2018
    10
    Cowboy Junkies are here again: the hypnotic and marvellous voice of Margo Timmins, the velvet "blue" and blues guitars from Michael Timmins,Cowboy Junkies are here again: the hypnotic and marvellous voice of Margo Timmins, the velvet "blue" and blues guitars from Michael Timmins, the slow-blooming basslines from Alan Anton and the cool drums from Peter Timmins. Songs for love, for forgiveness, for decisions, for life, for joy, for politics, for society.
    Welcome back Cowboy Junkies!
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  2. Aug 1, 2018
    10
    Late career classic at par with Trinity Session and Pale Sun, Crescent Moon. Bluesier and heavier than most of their albums but still frailLate career classic at par with Trinity Session and Pale Sun, Crescent Moon. Bluesier and heavier than most of their albums but still frail and subtle underneath touching on subjects of middle age crisis, relationship issues and political and social disappointments. And yes, Margo’s singing has never been better. Expand
  3. Jul 13, 2018
    9
    If you asked what the Cowboy Junkies where doing in 2018. I guess the answer would be still making classic music.
  4. Sep 6, 2018
    9
    This is an instant classic, Big rich deep sound. I compare all Junkies Albums to Pale Sun Crescent Moon. This album is probably coming a closeThis is an instant classic, Big rich deep sound. I compare all Junkies Albums to Pale Sun Crescent Moon. This album is probably coming a close second. Seeing how many times in the past 25 years I have listened to Pale Sun, only time will tell how this album will last.. It has that haunting,melodic, moody edge only they can deliver. This album paints a picture. Thank you for the Art. Expand
  5. Sep 2, 2018
    9
    I've always felt "Black Eyed Man" is the CJ's best album -- a tasty mix of southern gothic folk, pop and a dose of Townes Van Zandt blues. ButI've always felt "Black Eyed Man" is the CJ's best album -- a tasty mix of southern gothic folk, pop and a dose of Townes Van Zandt blues. But if you want an "atmoshperic" CJ album -- and there are more than a few -- then "All That Reckoning" must be their best. Lust, loss, betrayal, evil in a steady metronome of pounding bass, snarling guitars and HER voice. I saw the CJ's on Youtube doing a song from this album and Margo introduced by saying "here's a new song. It's another sad one -- we really don't do happy songs." Amen to that. Expand
  6. Jul 16, 2018
    8
    Very much the grower, this is a melodically understated n' atmosphere-centric style. The only other CJ album I've listened to is 'The TrinityVery much the grower, this is a melodically understated n' atmosphere-centric style. The only other CJ album I've listened to is 'The Trinity Sessions' and I have to say despite this being a more mature/polished affair befitting an act this deep into their career I might still consider this at least the equal of that early cult classic nonetheless. Expand