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  • Summary: The first new full-length solo release in six years for the guitarist was produced with his son, Joachim Cooder.
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  1. May 7, 2018
    100
    The Prodigal Son lives up to its title, a return to his earliest archival sounds.
  2. 80
    The result is a confident, and comforting, celebration of American roots music.
  3. Mojo
    May 7, 2018
    80
    Cooder magnificent way with bottleneck on steel is often in evidence, while his son Joachim's percussion-rich soundscapes with loped and sampled elements help contemporise his dad's inherently rootsy sound. [Jun 2018, p.90]
  4. Q Magazine
    May 8, 2018
    80
    [Noody's Fault But Mine is] A career-high in an album of highs. [Jul 2018, p.111]
  5. May 11, 2018
    80
    Prodigal Son is yet another act of committed intention from one of American music's greatest guardians and purveyors. In its grain, aesthetic pleasure and the will for justice converse and ultimately convince the rest of us to act.
  6. May 16, 2018
    80
    The Prodigal Son, with its blues, R&B;, and black gospel, is a more varied and engaging venture [than his 2015 tour with Ricky Skaggs].
  7. May 11, 2018
    70
    The Prodigal Son, Cooder's first album in six years, serves both as an urgent commentary on our current dystopia and a satisfying window into the interpretive process of a musical mastermind.

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