Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 21, 2013
    85
    This long-forgotten collection is a fine, representative memento of California country rock in its heyday. [No.95, p.53]
  2. Feb 21, 2013
    82
    It's deeply satisfying, constantly rewarding, and I'm not entirely sure what I was doing before it came into my life.
  3. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    He may have been too pure for widespread appeal at the time of the album’s original release, but an arguably more open and receptive 21st Century country fanbase should delight in this reissue.
  4. While Artist Proof never quite lives up to the expectations of being a masterpiece, it is a great example of how the country rock genre developed in tandem with the folk scene.
  5. Mar 22, 2013
    75
    Five demos supplement this reissue, and they only serve to reaffirm the nature of Artist Proof as definitive. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.103]
  6. Feb 21, 2013
    70
    The album's weak spot is Darrow's voice, which, although pleasant, isn't as distinctive as those of his peers. Nonetheless, anyone interested in the L.A. country rock scene will find much to admire in Artist Proof, and an additional five previously unreleased demos are an added bonus.

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