Daniel Johnston
1990


4.5
superb

Review

by Anthonyhemberger USER (1 Reviews)
August 9th, 2012 | 36 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastic story teller doing what he does best with some stellar production and pacing.

Daniel johnston's mental illnesses overshadowed the art he made throughout his career. It is a real shame too, because "1990" is what i believe to be a fantastically well written and produced singer songwriter record. The pacing is top notch with lots of long meandering tracks that kind of have that hypnotizing quality about them as well as some short and sweet stuff. Theres some raw emotion on this record as well as some true transparency between the listener and Johnston which i found very endearing and added a lot of character to the record.

I being a huge fan of the older lo fi stuff Daniel did found this album to be a magnum opus of sorts, a true peak of Daniel's songwriting and music composition talents.

i recommend this record for anyone trying to get into Daniels music or anyone who enjoys somewhat psychedelic folk music.


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Anthonyhemberger
August 9th 2012


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

😶

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


56931 Comments


That cover is going to give me nightmares


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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


4847 Comments


While I do find Daniel Johnston really interesting, I wouldn't say this is the best album ever record by a singer songwriter. At the same time, I didn't listen to 1990, but still, I wouldn't go that far. Nice first review, try to stray from the track-by-track review and mention some highlights/downsides that you feel are the best/worst.

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Anthonyhemberger
August 12th 2012


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

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Spec
April 1st 2013


35729 Comments


Careless Soul brings tears to ma eyes.

oltnabrick
August 21st 2014


37384 Comments


"Don't Play Cards With Satan [Live]" isn't the best thing to listen to at 3 am OmG

SATAN

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zakalwe
August 21st 2014


28541 Comments


True love will find you in the end.
What a fuckin classic.

YakNips
September 12th 2014


19860 Comments


careless soul is so fucking sad holy fuck

Pheromone
November 10th 2014


7253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I remember not digging this too much originally but HOLLYYY FUCK does this sound amazing on second listen

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Pheromone
November 19th 2014


7253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Held the Hand rules

BMDrummer
November 19th 2014


14644 Comments


watched a bit of the doc about daniel, inspiring stuff

Pheromone
November 19th 2014


7253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

never seen it, you heard this one?

FirstStrikeIsDeadly
September 29th 2015


1089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Softly and Tenderly is the perfect ending for this album

doomjitsu
July 2nd 2016


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

are some of the songs supposed to be live recordings because 'don't play cards with satan' scared the living shit out of me

FirstStrikeIsDeadly
July 4th 2016


1089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Tears Stupid Tears and Don't Play Cards With Satan were live at famed venue CBGB. Got to Get You into My Life is a home tape recording, like what was on his earlier releases. Careless Soul and Funeral Home were live in New Jersey. Softly and Tenderly is apparently him singing with a church choir.

dbizzles
July 6th 2019


13418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

GOT ME A COFFIN

SHINY AND BLACK

I'M GOING TO THE FUNERAL

AND I'M NEVER COMING BACK!

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2019


17453 Comments


This guy died at 58 yesterday. RIP

sixdegrees
September 11th 2019


6812 Comments


big RIP

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theBoneyKing
September 11th 2019


17163 Comments


Damn, never listened to him but RIP

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dbizzles
September 11th 2019


13418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Huge bummer.



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