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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the Scissor Sisters frontman was produced by Kevin Ratterman and features members from My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
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  1. Mojo
    Aug 20, 2018
    80
    There are nods to Scissor Sisters with some honky-tonk disco and references to the demi-monde. But there are also extraordinary tracks of looped beats and grainy heartbreak. [Oct 2018, p.84]
  2. Aug 22, 2018
    80
    This is a fitting debut for a man who to many needs no introduction.
  3. Q Magazine
    Aug 28, 2018
    80
    He's retained much of his fizz, but his new, relatively thoughtful, air means that the piano-led The Bruiser exudes a heap of rue and regret, while the autobiographical Mississippi Delta toasts a bright new future in a bright new place, something this album cements. [Oct 2018, p.116]
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Aug 13, 2018
    75
    If the album sometimes feels more like a broadcast from some long-lost AOR radio frequency than its own fresh story, it's also just fun: a joyride reminder that newer dogs can pull off old tricks, too. [17/24 Aug 2018, p.97]
  5. Aug 10, 2018
    74
    Jake Shears is a breeze, with members of My Morning Jacket and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band gathering to lay down the tracks in single takes. The result is pretty irresistible, as long as you’re not looking for authenticity, and if you don’t mind vocals that sound like a honky-tonk take on jazz hands deployed in the service of lyrics like “Cuz baby I love you/More than the trash can.”
  6. Uncut
    Aug 14, 2018
    70
    If there are few surprises, the tracks are charming, well crafted and kept to a fighting-trim 11. [Sep 2018, p.36]
  7. Aug 10, 2018
    60
    This is no people-pleasing pop record: appealingly, its 70s-centric stew seems designed to satisfy only its maker--and, presumably, his pal Elton, too.

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  1. Aug 13, 2018
    10
    I love this album. Oh it is amazing. I love his voice. When he was in Scissor Sisters, i felt that he seemed to gimmicky however, listening toI love this album. Oh it is amazing. I love his voice. When he was in Scissor Sisters, i felt that he seemed to gimmicky however, listening to this project, this really shows off his talents. Shears has definitely got himself a new fan! Expand