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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the Alabama-born singer-songwriter was recorded in Nashville and self-produced.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
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  1. Uncut
    Oct 1, 2018
    90
    ["Around The Horn"] inflates over a final few minutes into something uniquely epic. ... Lyrically, it's pretty baffling where "These Rocks," one of the albums' standout tracks, is the most openly confessional song Houck has written, set to a churchy musical swell, congregational and healing, the sound of a lifetime burden lifted by love. [Nov 2018, p.28]
  2. Oct 9, 2018
    82
    This is still Phosphorescent. It’s just that the man behind the wheel is older and a little bit wiser these days. C’est La Vie is bookended by instrumental tracks. ... In between, Houck’s songs are are consistently wide-eyed and wondrous.
  3. Q Magazine
    Oct 1, 2018
    80
    The result is his slickest and best-produced record yet: all warm beats, electric piano and weeping, reverb-y pedal steel. [Nov 2018, p.113]
  4. Oct 4, 2018
    80
    What makes this nine-track/45-minute LP so fascinating is just how many ideas Houck injects into it, throwing layers of piano, wordless backing vocals and ambient effects into the mix.
  5. Oct 8, 2018
    80
    Rather than being a tearjerker, C'est la Vie instead serves as something of a safeguard, a protective companion, a generous friend down paths of memory we may never have intended to traverse again, and that we'd shudder to travel alone. Phosphorescent's music is as giving and truly kind as ever.
  6. Oct 4, 2018
    70
    At first this can feel less immediate than previous work, but much like Phosphorescent's winding journey, C'est La Vie burns slowly and leaves impressions both spiritual and sonic that merit repeat listens.
  7. 58
    C’est La Vie has moments of real beauty and depth while reflecting on fatherhood and settling down. But Houck should keep pushing into the strange, uncomfortable places where his best music gets made; now’s not the time to shrug it off.

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  1. Oct 6, 2018
    9
    Phosphorescent succeeds to deliver another album of the same quality as his predecessor Muchacho. The album starts and ends with a beautifulPhosphorescent succeeds to deliver another album of the same quality as his predecessor Muchacho. The album starts and ends with a beautiful instrumental song, and between them are songs which gives a feeling of acceptance of life, as in the song `These Rocks': ``These rocks, they are heavy. I guess I wouldn't have it any other way.'' Altogether a fantastic album, which deserves the same amount of praise as his previous album. Expand