Tomorrow Is My Turn (album)

Tomorrow Is My Turn is the first studio album by Rhiannon Giddens. Nonesuch Records released the album on February 10, 2015. She worked with T Bone Burnett in the production of this album.[1] The album was nominated for Best Folk Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. The title song is Nina Simone's English version of Charles Aznavour's 1962 hit "L'Amour, c'est comme un jour".

Tomorrow Is My Turn
Tomorrow Is My Turn by Rhiannon Giddens.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)
GenreFolk, bluegrass, country, gospel, blues, jazz, soul, R&B, Celtic, Americana
ProducerT Bone Burnett
Rhiannon Giddens chronology
Tomorrow Is My Turn
Freedom Highway

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
American Songwriter     [4]
Blurt     [5]
The Daily Telegraph     [6]
The Observer     [7]
PopMatters          [8]
Rolling Stone     [9]
Spin          [10]

Awarding the album four stars at AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes, "Her easy, welcoming touch is a balm every time Tomorrow Is My Turn is played, but it's upon successive spins that the intricacies of Giddens' construction -- not to mention her subtle political messages -- begin to take hold."[3] Hal Horowitz, giving the album four stars from American Songwriter, states, "The combination of Burnett’s characteristically genuine, acoustic based production, Giddens’ sumptuous voice and a conceptual set list that never feels musty, yields a wonderful album whose restrained pleasures reveal themselves gradually over repeated playings."[4] Rating the album five stars for The Daily Telegraph, Marcus Chilton says, "The result is the gorgeous Tomorrow is My Turn, which shows off the full singing range and power of the frontwoman for innovative string-band trio the Carolina Chocolate Drops."[6] Jonathan Bernstein, granting the album a three and a half star review at Rolling Stone, describes, "Giddens is having a solo coming-out party, displaying her classical vocal training and ability to reanimate traditional music in her own nuanced image."[9]

Putting an eight out of ten rating upon the album at Spin, Anthony Easton expresses, "Tomorrow Is My Turn continues that task with her clarion call gracing a smart collection of classic folk and country standbys, rather than an act of anthropology for the sake of it. Turn is a haunting, often painfully beautiful example of how songs that may seem dead and buried can sublimely rise from the grave."[10] George de Stefano, signaling in a nine out of ten review for PopMatters, replies, "Everything works on Tomorrow Is My Turn, an album that heralds the arrival of a major American artist."[8] Assigning the album four stars at The Observer, Neil Spencer recognizes, "Co-founder of the revivalist Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens explores the frontiers of Americana on a solo debut of phenomenal vocal power, effortlessly jumping between gospel holler, tender folk song and lachrymose country ballad."[7] Lee Zimmerman, indicating in a four star review by Blurt, responds, "Giddens emulates her forebears with reverence and assurance,...Producer T Bone Burnett steers the proceedings accordingly, imbuing a sepia-tinted feel that melds well with Giddens’ stately, assertive delivery."[5]


The popularity of the album in the UK caused Giddens to become the first non-British winner of the "Folk Singer of the Year" award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Publication Rank List
PopMatters 47 The 80 Best Albums of 2015[11]
Rolling Stone 46 50 Best Albums of 2015[12]
NPR Unranked NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2015


Track listingEdit

1."Last Kind Words"Geeshie Wiley4:13
2."Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind"Dolly Parton3:39
3."Waterboy"Jacques Wolfe3:45
4."She's Got You"Hank Cochran4:17
5."Up Above My Head"Sister Rosetta Tharpe3:09
6."Tomorrow Is My Turn"Charles Aznavour, Marcel Stellman, Yves Stephane4:37
7."Black Is the Color"Traditional3:45
8."Round About the Mountain"Traditional3:30
9."Shake Sugaree"Elizabeth Cotten4:24
10."O Love Is Teasin'"Traditional4:32
11."Angel City"Giddens3:52
Total length:43:43


Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2015–16) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 28
UK Americana (OCC) 1
US Billboard 200[15] 53
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[16] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[17] 9
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[18] 10


  1. ^ AllMusic (February 10, 2015). "Tomorrow Is My Turn - Rhiannon Giddens : Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Metacritic (February 10, 2015). "Critic reviews for Tomorrow Is My Turn by Rhiannon Giddens". CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (February 10, 2015). "Tomorrow Is My Turn - Rhiannon Giddens : Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Horowitz, Hal (February 10, 2015). "Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow is My Turn". American Songwriter. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Zimmerman, Lee (February 10, 2015). "RHIANNON GIDDENS — Tomorrow Is My Turn". Blurt. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Chilton, Marcus (February 13, 2015). "Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow is My Turn, album review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Spencer, Neil (February 1, 2015). "Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn review – phenomenal vocal power". The Observer. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  8. ^ a b de Stefano, George (February 10, 2015). "Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn". PopMatters. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Bernstein, Jonathan (February 10, 2015). "Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Easton, Anthony (July 1, 2015). "SPIN Country Report: Willie and Merle Light Up, Rhiannon Giddens Revives Revivals". Spin. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  11. ^ PopMatters Staff (December 7, 2015). "The 80 Best Albums of 2015". PopMatters. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  12. ^ Rolling Stone Staff (December 1, 2015). "50 Best Albums of 2015". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  13. ^ NPR Staff (December 7, 2015). "NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2015". NPR. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Rhiannon Giddens Album & Song Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "Rhiannon Giddens Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Folk Albums. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  17. ^ "Rhiannon Giddens Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Top Rock Albums. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  18. ^ "Rhiannon Giddens Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums. Retrieved December 30, 2015.