It’s less than week to go until Bruce Hornsby releases Absolute Zero. In our continuing series looking at past records, we revisit the last one: 2016’s Rehab Reunion. Here are your Rehab Reunion reviews.
Most popular track was Soon Enough, edging out MIA in M.I.A.M.I. by just 0.4%.
Three songs scored over 80% – the highest number for a band studio album since Spirit Trail 18 years earlier.
Also, it beat out Levitate on every one of the six “additional” criteria besides the individual songs – longevity, lyrics, liner notes, musicality, production ad personnel.
Visit the Rehab Reunion page for the full scores.
The media reviews were also positive:
NPR: “he’s never sounded more relevant.”
Pop Break: 9.5/10: “absolutely delightful, and it gets stuck in your bones more and more with every song.”
All About Jazz: 3.5/4 stars: “a vibrant record that refreshingly gives the sometimes-overlooked facets of his music their place to shine.”
Our Musical Journey: “might actually be one of Hornsby’s best albums ever, even without playing a single piano key.”
The Australian: 3.5/5 stars: “a fun diversion from what Hornsby does best.”
Relix: “Hornsby proves that he’s still got some wonderful tricks up his sleeve.”
American Songwriter: 3.5/5 stars: “a natural, even logical road to take on a lifelong musical journey that has seldom been predictable.”
All Music: 8/10: “Hornsby manages to shoehorn the four-stringed instrument’s limited range into ten spirited full-band tracks that certainly aren’t folk songs.”
Jambase: “a discernible ‘live’ feeling.”