Till Midnight

Album Review of Till Midnight by Chuck Ragan.

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Till Midnight

Chuck Ragan

Till Midnight by Chuck Ragan

Release Date: Mar 25, 2014
Record label: Side One Dummy
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country-Rock, Roots Rock

70 Music Critic Score
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Till Midnight - Fairly Good, Based on 5 Critics

Punknews.org (Staff) - 90
Based on rating 4.5/5
90

I've always believed that you can measure the quality of an album by how many different things you think about that album being a potential soundtrack to. "I can't wait to listen to this while I'm driving. " "I'm definitely gonna throw this on when I'm fixing up the porch.

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PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Chuck Ragan seems to be finally figuring out how to blend his past into the direction he has been heading. The former frontman of the post-hardcore outfit Hot Water Music has released — including this one — four studio albums since going solo, but, while all being promising, they’ve all had something awkward about them. Mostly, they sounded exactly like what they were: an experienced punk rocker trying to force Americana.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Since 2007's Los Feliz, singer/songwriter Chuck Ragan has established a reputation for delivering intimate, lonesome tunes as a primarily acoustic troubadour -- even when backed by a band. Till Midnight is a rock & roll changeup. Here the singer/songwriter is backed by his longstanding backing group, the Camaraderie. He also gets some help from producer Christopher Thorn, Rami Jaffee, and a handful of backing vocalists.

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American Songwriter - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Chuck RaganTill Midnight(SideOneDummy)3.5 out of 5 starsStream the album Chuck Ragan spent more than a decade as the frontman of Gainesville post-hardcore outfit Hot Water Music, unleashing his emotionally charged bark alongside fellow vocalist Chris Wollard against a jagged punk rock backdrop. But even during the band’s most intense hours — like 1997’s Fuel For The Hate Game — Ragan has always harbored a gritty soulfulness that sounded as if it could have translated to earthier and more traditional rock songs. And there’s no reason why it shouldn’t; punk is just rock ‘n’ roll played louder and faster when you get down to it.

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DIY Magazine - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Chuck Ragan’s very much a singer-songwriter where what you see is what you get. The gravel-throated Hot Water Music frontman has been forging a career as a forthright, heart on his sleeve solo artist for the best part of a decade and on fourth full length ‘Till Midnight’ Ragan doesn’t stray far from that same path. On opening track ‘Something May Catch Fire’ Ragan’s at his gruff voiced, sing-along best.

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