The Tree of Forgiveness

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The Tree of Forgiveness
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
RecordedRCA Studio A
GenreCountry folk, Americana
LabelOh Boy
ProducerDave Cobb
John Prine chronology
For Better, or Worse
The Tree of Forgiveness

The Tree of Forgiveness is an album by American country folk singer John Prine. The album was released on April 13, 2018.


The album is Prine's first album since 2005's Fair & Square to consist of his own new songs.[1] Most of the songs were co-written with other songwriters, including Pat McLaughlin, Dan Auerbach, Keith Sykes, and Phil Spector.[2] The album features guest vocals from artists such as Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Brandi Carlile.[3] Isbell and Shires also played instruments in some of the tracks.[4] The album was recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[8]
The Independent4/5 stars[9]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[10]
Mojo3/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[13]
The Times4/5 stars[14]

The Tree of Forgiveness has received positive reviews from professional music critics, with a Metacritic rating of 77 based on 13 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, which is Prine's best-ever ranking on the chart. It also debuted at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart and Rock Albums, and No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums, selling 53,000 copies (54,000 album-equivalent units) in the first week.[17] It has sold 147,200 copies in the United States as of April 2019.[18]

Track listing[edit]

1."Knockin' on Your Screen Door"Pat McLaughlin, Prine2:19
2."I Have Met My Love Today"Roger Cook, Prine1:50
3."Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)"McLaughlin, Prine4:05
4."Summer's End"McLaughlin, Prine3:29
5."Caravan of Fools"Dan Auerbach, McLaughlin, Prine2:28
6."The Lonesome Friends of Science"Prine4:41
7."No Ordinary Blue"Prine, Keith Sykes2:56
8."Boundless Love"Auerbach, McLaughlin, Prine3:35
9."God Only Knows"Prine, Phil Spector3:46
10."When I Get to Heaven"Prine3:42


Chart (2018) Peak
US Billboard 200[19] 5
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[20] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[21] 2
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[22] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[23] 2


  1. ^ Pareles, Jon (April 18, 2018). "John Prine Returns to Songwriting, Jaunty and Dark, on 'The Tree of Forgiveness'". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Cook-Wilson, Winston (February 8, 2018). "John Prine Announces New Album of Original Songs, Releases "Summer's End"". Spin.
  3. ^ Ganz, Jacob (February 8, 2018). "John Prine To Release His First Album Of New Songs In 13 Years". NPR.
  4. ^ Casey, Jim (February 8, 2018). "Listen to John Prine's New Song, "Summer's End," From Upcoming Album, "The Tree of Forgiveness"". Nash FM 1071.
  5. ^ Morris, Edward (April 24, 2018). "John Prine Runs the Gamut in The Tree of Forgiveness". CMT.
  6. ^ a b "The Tree of Forgiveness by John Prine". Metacritic. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Deming, Mark. "The Tree of Forgiveness – John Prine". AllMusic. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Kot, Greg (April 13, 2018). "John Prine gets surreal once more about love and death on 'The Tree of Forgiveness'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  9. ^ O'Connor, Roisin; Hasted, Nick; Kaplan, Ilana (April 11, 2018). "Album reviews: Cardi B, John Prine, Tinashe, Laura Veirs, Say Sue Me, Josh T Pearson". The Independent. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  10. ^ Breen, Joe (April 13, 2018). "John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness review – sounds like an old friend already". The Irish Times. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  11. ^ Fyfe, Andy (May 2018). "John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness". Mojo (294): 97.
  12. ^ Horton, Kaleb (April 13, 2018). "John Prine: Tree of Forgiveness". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  13. ^ Hermes, Will (April 13, 2018). "Review: John Prine Keeps Finding Fresh Revelations on 'Tree of Forgiveness". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  14. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (April 13, 2018). "Pop review: John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness". The Times. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness". Uncut (252): 33. May 2018.
  16. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 28, 2018). "Robert Christgau on the Late-Career Clarity of Willie Nelson and John Prine". Vice. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  17. ^ Caulfield, Keith (April 22, 2018). "Jason Aldean Scores Fourth No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart With 'Rearview Town'". Billboard.
  18. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 8, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums: April 8, 2019". Roughstock. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  19. ^ "John Prine Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  20. ^ "John Prine Chart History (Top Americana/Folk Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "John Prine Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  22. ^ "John Prine Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  23. ^ "John Prine Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2018.