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  • Summary: The latest release for the now Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter was recorded in two hours with only "occasional accompaniment from Josh Gordon."
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  1. Uncut
    Apr 5, 2019
    80
    It's a gorgeous and gutting return to Jurado's Rehearsals For Departure-era roots, wandering and bare, wielding only guitar and voice and recorded in one afternoon. [May 2019, p.30]
  2. Apr 12, 2019
    80
    Here, there are some of the sweetest songs Jurado has ever recorded.
  3. Apr 16, 2019
    80
    Flourishes of soft rock and soul-pop have completely fizzled out. It's just Damien Jurado now, his thoughts laid bare, his voice perpetually trembling on the verge of collapse. It's deeply moving.
  4. Apr 5, 2019
    78
    Jurado possesses a gift for elevated simplicity, and this quality graces In the Shape of a Storm and gives its ten songs a pleasingly rounded shape.
  5. 75
    Although the switch to stark monochrome from the blazing multicolour of the Maraqopa trilogy can seem underwhelming and slight at first, further listens reveal In the Shape of a Storm--boosted by Jurado’s hypnotically committed, intimate performances--to hold together surprisingly well considering the disparate origins of the material.
  6. Apr 5, 2019
    74
    In the Shape of a Storm is an album’s worth of that feeling. In grief many cloak themselves in distractions, or hide away entirely: Jurado treats it as an invitation to look closer, feel deeper.
  7. Apr 10, 2019
    70
    As with so much of Jurado's work, In the Shape of a Storm is simple in its construction, but panoramic in its impact.

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