From "Darling Arithmetic" out now.
"For the third Villagers album, Darling Arithmetic, Mr. O'Brien has scaled back radically, turning out something that resembles an old-fashioned folk-rock confessional. On the opener and lead single, "Courage," he strums an acoustic guitar with a country lilt that calls Neil Young's "Harvest" to mind." - NEW YORK TIMES
"The need to stop pretending-to admitting one's deepest insecurities and wants-seems central to Darling Arithmetic, an album that delivers a gorgeous, if somewhat restrained, step forward." - PITCHFORK
"a naked and subtle acoustic record with the raw, straightforward lyrical universality of Christopher Owens and Devendra Banhart" - INTERVIEW MAGAZINE
"O'Brien wisely keeps Darling Arithmetic's arrangements subtle and skeletal, giving each the space it needs in order to breathe, rest and seep under the skin" - NPR
"Ultimately, Darling Arithmetic emerges as the ideal soundtrack for the typical Sunday morning respite following an evening of excess and entanglement. It's akin to meditation, when the need to exhale becomes of utmost importance. Most of all, it's a graceful, beguiling and sumptuous set of songs, one worthy of both patience and praise, an extension of the excellence the Villagers brand introduced so early on. Darling Arithmetic is nothing less than calculated genius, manifested." - POP MATTERS
"O'Brien's latest is easily his richest work so far." - PASTE
"a quiet folk album with little, arty flourishes, "Darling Arithmetic" doesn't need to get loud to have an impact. Drumheads slapped with brushes, picked-out acoustic guitar and sparse piano and organ frame some truly lonesome vocals. Best example: the urgent, wounded shout contained in whispers on "Hot Scary Summer."" - BOSTON HERALD
"It's a tumultuous listen, but one that sweeps you up in its compassion, bravery, and beauty. Honesty has never sounded so good." - UNDER THE RADAR
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