User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23

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  1. ScottY
    Jul 9, 2005
    7
    Reviews on this album are often mixed, but after quite a few listens I'd definitely have to give it a positive rating. There's a bit of filler on this album but I think it tops Diva and comes close to Medusa. The album hits its peak with the songs Lonliness followed by The Saddest Song I've Got.
  2. RussellR
    Nov 3, 2003
    10
    Clearly one of this year's best. Incredibly moving.
  3. BernadetteD
    Jun 28, 2003
    10
    Absolutely,chillingly beautiful!
  4. PaulC
    Aug 16, 2005
    10
    Annie at her best!
  5. LawrenceL
    Dec 14, 2003
    10
    Hauntingly powerful. Annie at her best.
  6. EricF
    Jun 15, 2003
    7
    Incredibly depressing but very moving. I must be in the right mood for this album. Her two prior albums are far superior.
  7. RubenS
    Nov 23, 2005
    10
    Why she didnt win a grammy for her work on this album is one of the many wonders of the grammy's voting skills. G
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Blender
    40
    Bare might impress someone who thinks there should be more Cutting Crew records. Others should beware. [#17, p.136]
  2. Most of it strikes deeply and poignantly.
  3. Mojo
    80
    It recollects emotion with a raging tranquillity, artistic objectivity overruling self-pity. [Jul 2003, p.110]