• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Oct 23, 2001
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. While the music behind the lyrics doesn't exactly bristle with innovation, it's the best blend of acoustic and electronic instruments I've heard.
  2. If Alive to Every Smile doesn’t indicate Wratten is ready to move on thematically, it does show him evolving musically.
  3. Wratten's finest post-Field Mice LP. [Dec 2001, p.98]
  4. 80
    Wratten makes the kind of albums most of us would record if the defection of a muse and lover still haunted us years later--and if we could write unabashedly pretty songs. [#52, p.109]
  5. 70
    Occasionally tentative songs and wonky arrangements mar them here. [Dec 2001, p.117]
  6. 70
    Listening to Bob Wratten is as necessary as a good cry. [Jan 2002, p.91]
  7. No matter the players, Alive to Every Smile is so patently a Bob Wratten album that, honestly, it sounds a little tired.
  8. A lot of bands venture close to soft-rock territory and come out unscathed. Trembling Blue Stars aren't so lucky.
  9. Alive to Every Smile finds TBS swanning through a set of soft-pop numbers giddy with the misty misery of melancholy and coated with the softest frostings of studio icing-sugar.
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. FrankB
    Jun 12, 2005
    10
    Brilliant. Sorrowful. Genius. Crushing. If Annemari Davies and Robert Wratten got back together for for more album, the world would be a Brilliant. Sorrowful. Genius. Crushing. If Annemari Davies and Robert Wratten got back together for for more album, the world would be a better place. Full Review »
  2. Sharon
    Nov 17, 2003
    10
    One of my favourite albums ever. Because of Alive To Every Smile, i have bought practically everything ever recorded by Bob Wratten. Excellent!!