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heyday

Tom Shillue

Heyday
BSeen Media

By Nick A. Zaino III

There is some genuine heartbreak here amongst the jokes, and an earnestness that could be deadly if handled poorly. But Shillue can and does handle it, and it’s a shame there’s only one album left to go.

impossible

Tom Shillue

Impossible
BSeen Media

By Julie Seabaugh

His choices, meanderings and resolutions accurately mirror the narratives woven into (and from) every individual life. The journeys boil down to the baby steps, the process, the setting and accomplishing of goals that bring about the small victories and the dramatic revelations.

in vogue

Tom Shillue

In Vogue
BSeen Media

By Daniel Berkowitz

We are at the three-quarters mark, and with each album that passes it becomes clearer and clearer that Shillue’s melding of sustained quality and prolificness is, frankly, unheard of.

Trust Your Heart

Tom Shillue

Trust Your Heart
BSeen Media

By Josiah M. Hesse

Tom Shillue’s decision to release 12 albums in 12 months proves he is a prolific comedian with confidence in his ability churn out stories. But spending a little more time in the laboratory would have benefited seventh entry Trust Your Heart.

halfway there

Tom Shillue

Halfway There
BSeen Media

By Nick A. Zaino III

Shillue’s expressiveness as a performer, even when limiting himself only to audio, and his painter’s eye for detail keeps his stories engaging and endearing.

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Tom Shillue

Edgy
BSeen Media

By Elise Czajkowski

It’s a brave choice to venture outside his comfort zone as part of this grand experiment; his immense talent means that even though taboo-busting isn’t the best use of his storytelling skills, the album is still very funny.

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Tom Shillue

Lateral Thinking Puzzlers
BSeen Media

By John Wenzel

Just as lo-fi indie rock dared listeners to reconsider what was worth listening to when normal sonic trappings were absent, these releases implicitly ask whether Shillue can sustain interest simply by being prolific.

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Tom Shillue

Big Room
BSeen Media

By Daniel Berkowitz

It is a different album, and in this way it makes Shillue’s project even more intriguing. His first two releases are decidedly built around two distinct premises, which poses the question: What will his third album bring?

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Tom Shillue

Better Stronger Faster
BSeen Media

By Nick A. Zaino III

While he does wander from subject to subject, there is very little fat in each individual section. He knows which details to keep, and he never gets so sentimental or introspective that it overwhelms the laughs.

 
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