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Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
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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. Feb 7, 2019
    80
    Here Chapman obviously revels in his continued ability to mine the emotional, psychological, and spiritual terrain he did in his younger years as a songwriter, while adding experiential depth to his approach through a lifetime of profound musical development. In an enormous catalog, True North stands straight-up alongside his finest recordings.
  4. Feb 7, 2019
    80
    Chapman's latest studio album, True North, produced by contemporary guitar guru Steve Gunn, is his bleakest effort to date, a sparse reflection on aging and deeply nuanced literature.
  5. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    More earthy than his contemporary Richard Thompson, Chapman shows younger pretenders a clean pair of heels with impeccable guitar-picking and tunes that veer from moist-eyed remembrance to defiance at times's relentless passage. [Mar 2019, p.112]
  6. 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.
  7. Uncut
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    A glowering inferno. [Mar 2019, p.24]
  8. Mojo
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    True North feels both stoic and positive in outlook. [Mar 2019, p.91]
  9. Feb 7, 2019
    74
    He gives himself over to memory’s full sway, until the project feels a little like thumbing through a souvenir album, Chapman singing about the postcards that help remind him of places held dear.
  10. 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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