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  • Summary: The fourth full-length solo studio release for the singer-songwriter features guest appearances by Jack DeJohnette, Blake Mills, Rob Moose, Justin Vernon, and yMusic.
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  • Record Label: Zappo Productions
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock
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  1. Apr 11, 2019
    80
    The startling thing about Absolute Zero isn't that he's chosen to venture to the outer limits of his tastes, but that he's found the common ground between roots music, jazz, avant-garde, pop, and experimentation. It's this blend -- which is seamless, but quite dense, demanding the listener's attention -- that makes Absolute Zero seem to have depths that aren't easily fathomed.
  2. Uncut
    May 17, 2019
    80
    It's a long and winding road that has brought him to the thrilling eclectic destination that is Absolute Zero. [Jul 2019, p.29]
  3. Apr 11, 2019
    80
    One more daring, rewarding turn in his catalog: 10 knotty, thoughtful yet rambunctious songs that juggle scientific concepts, history and human relationships.
  4. Apr 11, 2019
    80
    This recording is difficult to describe but treasures abound with each new listen, especially in the orchestral sequences.
  5. Mojo
    May 1, 2019
    80
    Ambitious comeback. ... It works a treat. [Jun 2019, p.96]
  6. Apr 23, 2019
    74
    Hornsby plays with elegance, at ease with both his traces of hipness and essential squareness. It's a confidence that arrives with both comfort and age and it's what unifies all the disparate elements of Absolute Zero, shaping the album into a testament to the full range of Hornsby’s gifts.
  7. 70
    The disc is only 42 minutes long, but he’s pushing the envelope in so many directions, you’ll likely get dizzy playing this through for the first time. Regardless, there’s enough of a method to his madness for those open minded enough who enter this occasionally dark, always circuitous musical tunnel to enjoy, or at least appreciate, the ride.
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