• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Jul 16, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Jul 15, 2013
    "Phoebe" is a modified bluegrass stomp and "Sunshine" comes streaming in on breezy harmonies, while "Rock All Night" and "Watch Your Step" are anchored in roots rock, but Amelita is, at its heart, an adult pop album and it's a gorgeous one at that: it glides by easily but it digs deep.
  2. Jul 18, 2013
    How much you love Amelita all depends on how much you like the Dixie Chicks, and how you feel about two of the three band members recording something that sounds fairly in step with the band that they made their name.
  3. Jul 15, 2013
    The multi-instrumentalists expertly weave the country flavors of their fiddles, dobros, and banjos into a beguiling folk-pop-singer-songwriter sound that could appeal equally to fans of their main gig and of artists such as Indigo Girls or James Taylor.
  4. Jul 15, 2013
    Its sound runs decisively breezy-modern.
  5. Aug 22, 2013
    Amelita makes it abundantly clear the Dixie Chicks bite was brought by its snappy singer, but Maguire and Robison's sweetness maintains its charms.
  6. Jul 19, 2013
    Amelita might be the most buoyant album of 2013, a lighter-than-air set of summery folk-pop tunes with titles like "Sunshine" and "The World Smiles."
  7. Jul 15, 2013
    There's a brisker, more persuasive earworm in Amelita but otherwise little here that really sticks.
  8. 40
    The dominant mode throughout is tepid bluegrass, heating up a little for “Phoebe.”

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