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  • Summary: The latest release for the Chicago singer-songwriter is a cover album of the Dave Matthews Band's unreleased (but bootlegged and some rerecorded for Busted Stuff) Lillywhite Sessions.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 16, 2018
    80
    Walker plays it exceedingly straight, even when he's delivering good-time numbers like "Kit Kat Jam." This po-faced sincerity winds up underscoring Walker's debt to Dave Matthews Band--they now seem like a clear influence on his adventurous folk-jazz--while also highlighting the imagination behind the original set of songs.
  2. Nov 16, 2018
    80
    Not just for Dave Matthews Band fans, Ryley Walker's The Lillywhite Sessions is a reminder that taste is subjective, timing is everything, and you don't always choose the ones you love.
  3. Q Magazine
    Dec 18, 2018
    80
    Completely unexpected, utterly brilliant. [Feb 2019, p.116]
  4. Dec 3, 2018
    70
    The complexity of the songs means there is plenty to enjoy upon repeat listening, although some tracks do feel under-developed. There is no denying that Walker is talented, but five albums in, we’re still waiting for the flawless masterpiece we hope he’s capable of.
  5. Nov 16, 2018
    65
    At times the distortion's kicked on ("Diggin' a Ditch"), or things venture into broken free-jazz ("JTR") or psychedelic madness ("Monkey Man"), but outside of the stylistic shifts the album plays it earnest.
  6. Nov 27, 2018
    60
    The more faithfully you capture these songs, the worse they sound. The Lillywhite Sessions may be DMB’s darkest, most dangerous material, but it is still slick as hell. No question, though, that Walker approached these songs out of love, and for that, you have to give some credit.
  7. Uncut
    Nov 16, 2018
    50
    He overthinks the rambling "JTR" and overstuffs the messy collage "Monkey Man."[Dec 2018, p.33]

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