Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away

Album Review of Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away by Slaid Cleaves.

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Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away

Slaid Cleaves

Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away by Slaid Cleaves

Release Date: Apr 21, 2009
Record label: Music Road
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative, Country, Folk

80 Music Critic Score
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Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

PopMatters - 90
Based on rating 9/10
90

With a title like Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away, it’s pretty evident that Slaid Cleaves’s newest record isn’t the happiest thing you’ll listen to this month. In addition to the typical subject matter of heartbreak, despair, and dying dreams, Cleaves also tackles capital punishment, war, and lost idealism. Depressing, yes, but also beautiful.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

It is odd that Slaid Cleaves has allowed a bad but wildly popular novelist like Stephen King to write the liner notes for his album Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away, since, as a songwriter, he far more closely resembles a good but much less popular short-story writer like Raymond Carver. Of course, when a famous person offers to write an appreciation of you, it's hard to refuse, at least from a marketing point of view. Unfortunately and inevitably, the notes are written in King's semi-literate style; at least they're enthusiastic.

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Austin Chronicle
Their review was very positive

The reason Slaid Cleaves takes a long time between releases – Wishbones, his last effort of self-penned tunes, came out in 2004 – is that he's very particular about what songs he shares with his audience. This concept coats the entirety of Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away .... In a time where most discs have a couple of good tracks and lots of fluff, Cleaves' latest breathes polish and soul for nearly every one of its 42 minutes.

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