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Critics' Reviews

85
Pitchfork: 

Yet it still feels honest, like something said out of necessity instead of opportunity, and the result is an album that engages with the idea of loneliness in exceptional ways.

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80
The Guardian: 

Harrowing poetry is mixed with choice covers, from Smog's road-to-redemption title track to a particularly haunted take on Robert Johnson's Me and the Devil. It's blistering stuff.

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60
ROLLING STONE: 

It's a steely blues record at heart--the sound of a damaged man staring in the mirror without self-pity but not without hope.

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50
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: 

The 28-minute length of this album adds to the impression that this feels more like a demo, a collection of fragments woven by Russell into a cautionary mood piece, rather than a major comeback.

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30
PopMatters: 

I'm New Here is a thin affair-musically weak and lyrically narrow.

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