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  • Summary: Recorded in New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina, this diverse set finds the singer-songwriter dabbling in everything from gospel to country, and folk to blues-rock.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mullins' most poignant, cohesive, and diverse album.
  2. 70
    This is fine singer-songwriter Americana, particularly good on the ballads. [May 2006, p.100]
  3. Much of “Ninth Ward” takes twists and turns you’ll see coming a mile down the boulevard--the choruses swell when they’re supposed to, the guitars are right up front and the bridges arrive at all the right times.
  4. 60
    Mullins is a solid, occasionally platitudinous songwriter whose rustic tales don't approach the wry, wise gifts of similar artists like Johns Prine and Hiatt. [Mar 2006, p.88]
  5. [A] solid, satisfying effort. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.95]
  6. The real problem with coffeehouse stuff like "We Could Go and Start Again" isn't that it's corny--it's just tofu-bland. [6 Apr 2006, p.69]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3