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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. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. Apr 12, 2019
    80
    Here, there are some of the sweetest songs Jurado has ever recorded.
  2. 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.
  3. Mojo
    May 1, 2019
    80
    These 10 compact songs work both as intimate affirmation of Jurado's current brilliance and a hushed elegy for his too-soon-departed friend. [Jun 2019, p.89]
  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. Q Magazine
    May 14, 2019
    60
    Though probably not the best place for the uninitiated to start exploring the work of this often brilliant and evocative musician, at the same time, songs such as the aching South rank up there with his best. [Jul 2019, p.110]

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  1. Apr 21, 2019
    8
    Give this one a chance. Quick and brisk at less than half an hour, the songs are deep and mirror the loss that Jurado has felt recently.Give this one a chance. Quick and brisk at less than half an hour, the songs are deep and mirror the loss that Jurado has felt recently. Start, perhaps, with the stirringly beautiful “Throw Me Now Your Arms.” Expand