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  • Summary: The eighth full-length solo release for the Chicago experimental artist was recorded at his home in Evanston, Illinois.
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  1. Nov 7, 2019
    90
    Both a departure from the expected modern/postmodern/future-possible sound he is usually credited with, but also an arrival at its very beginnings.
  2. Mojo
    Nov 7, 2019
    80
    Beat-less but involving standouts like Memphis Helena, with its plangent lead line intimately tracked by Nelson's hushed hazy intoning, and elegiac, rippling acoustic guitar-propelled Muriel Spark are as inexorable and immersive as a high summer sunset. [Dec 2019, p.92]
  3. Nov 7, 2019
    70
    A Son may be a return to Nelson's roots, but it still fits snugly within his catalog of spacious meditations.
  4. Uncut
    Nov 7, 2019
    70
    A Son tilts slightly more towards conventional song structure, minimising electronics in favour of (mostly) acoustic guitars. [Dec 2019, p.30]