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  • Summary: The latest release for the artist features contributions from BJ Cole. Sarah Smout, Bridget St John and was produced by Steve Gunn.
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Feb 8, 2019
    90
    This is a beautiful record, a reflection on an extraordinary 50-year career that's more a memory of life than a memento mori. [Mar 2019, p.89]
  2. 85
    If there’s any justice at all, the future ahead after the release of this deeply moving, often mesmerising, sparse yet still richly nuanced album will see Chapman conclude his much-overdue journey to wider renown from the shadows he’s operated in for far too long.
  3. Uncut
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    A glowering inferno. [Mar 2019, p.24]
  4. Mojo
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    True North feels both stoic and positive in outlook. [Mar 2019, p.91]
  5. Feb 4, 2019
    80
    Michael Chapman’s songs are gorgeous, dark-tone places, full of the work of musical collaboration, but also haunted and spare. Lovely stuff.
  6. The Wire
    Mar 7, 2019
    80
    These aren’t stoical songs; nor are they blandly defiant. They speak a deep truth about ageing, and one that spikes several more humdrum cliches: age isn’t just how you feel, but an ineluctable fact; it isn’t just a matter of numbers, but very much a felt experience, and Chapman has delivered a beautiful continuum of musical experience since he emerged in 1969 with Rainmaker and Fully Qualified Survivor. [Mar 2019, p.48]
  7. Feb 4, 2019
    70
    Chapman's singing is True North's major shortcoming. ... His music takes the more difficult path towards what is constant. He's bound to what really exists.

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