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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Chicago singer-songwriter was produced with LeRoy Bach.
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 6, 2018
    80
    A grower, this. ... It's Tim Buckley to Beefheart to Bert Jansch and beyond. [Jun 2018, p.87]
  2. Jul 18, 2018
    80
    His newfound knack for experimentation does take Deafman Stare into some uncharted territory, but as the classic shuffle of 22 Days attests, his tangential compositions wouldn't resonate as proficiently if they also didn't capture the majesty of his nimble performances.
  3. Aug 30, 2018
    80
    He’s been moving this way the whole time, though you may not have connected the dots before, and now with Deafman Glance, he’s arrived.
  4. May 22, 2018
    79
    His music is heavier and more complex than it used to be, the arrangements harsher and stranger. And then there’s his singing: Once a competent and breezy instrument, Walker’s voice has evolved into a throaty speak-sing that sounds depleted, as though it’s been scooped out of itself. These shifts give the record a deeper emotional resonance than anything else he’s put his name to.
  5. May 29, 2018
    70
    Walker is still ultimately a troubadour at heart, a keeper of old languages retelling us stories from years past, and Deafman Glance shows that he’s continuing to sharpen his tongue.
  6. May 16, 2018
    70
    Deafman Glance feels like attempting to recall a half-remembered dream while in the throws of a gentle hangover, making it one for lazy days and Sundays. Consequently, the spoils of these incorporeal meditations are misty and transitory, and while they may not dazzle, they do have a tranquil charm and unique character.
  7. Q Magazine
    May 8, 2018
    60
    Brooding and complex, Deafman Glance isn't easy to grasp, but repeated listens get you through the sophisticated structures to appreciate some mid-blowing moments, out-there lyrics, and, on Telluride Speed, hard-won prettiness. [Jul 2018, p.118]

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