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Absent Fathers is the sixth studio album by American musician Justin Townes Earle. It was released in January 2015 under Vagrant Records and Loose.

Absent Fathers
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)
LabelVagrant, Loose
Justin Townes Earle chronology
Single Mothers
Absent Fathers
Kids in the Street
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Consequence of SoundB-[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Mike Sauve of Exclaim! wrote that "the problem is that Earle's melancholy has taken primacy over his songwriting, which is uncharacteristically generic here, making this subdued and plodding release a career low."[4] Though Grant Golden of "Paste" wrote "For all of the somber overtones to Absent Fathers, there’s still plenty of hopefulness within this record." Adding that, "One can only hope that this landing means that he’s as comfortable with self-exploration and transparency in the future as he’s been on Single Mothers and Absent Fathers, because if so then the best of Earle may still be yet to come."

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Justin Townes Earle.

1."Farther from Me"3:45
3."Least I Got the Blues"2:31
4."Call Ya Momma"3:37
5."Day and Night"4:24
6."Round the Bend"2:32
7."When the One You Love Loses Faith"4:11
8."Slow Monday"2:19
9."Someone Will Pay"2:13
10."Looking for a Place to Land"3:29


  • Justin Townes Earle – acoustic guitar and vocals
  • Paul Niehaus – guitar and pedal steel
  • Mark Hedman – bass
  • Matt Pence – drums


  1. ^ "Metacritic Review". Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "AllMusic Review". Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  3. ^ Hauser, Henry (January 6, 2015). "Album Reviews: Justin Townes Earle – Absent Fathers". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Sauve, Mike (January 28, 2015). "Justin Townes Earle - Absent Fathers". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 28, 2015.