Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    A warm serving of elegant late-night ballads that infuse acoustic and pedal-steel guitars with back-porch rhythms and arrangements.
  2. 100
    It's magical and mysterious, compelling and complex.
  3. Mojo
    There's a narcotic quality to these drifting ballads, one that perfectly suits these shell shocked, terrorised times. As the world gears up for the Apocalypse, I shall take comfort in Bavarian Fruit Bread -- a very haunting, beautiful record. [Nov 2001]
  4. Alternative Press
    Consistently intriguing, haunting and above all, very good. [Dec 2001, p.94]
  5. Sounds like one long song of wheezing harmonium and heavily echoed, slightly out-of-tune vocals.
  6. Uncut
    Slower than slow, softer than soft, the songs acquire an accumulative resonance. [Dec 2001, p.116]
  7. Spin
    The song structures are Mazzy-like acoustic webs that gingerly frame her longings. [Dec 2001, p.162]
  8. Bavarian Fruit Bread comes with the same warning as most of the winter season's baked goods -- it's rich, warm and full of flavor, but overindulgence will result in unplanned napping.
  9. 'Bavarian Fruit Bread' represents a towering piece of morphine-induced self-indulgence.
  10. Magnet
    Her built-in fanbase will exult in the sulky ruminations found here. [#52, p.101]
  11. Q Magazine
    The glacial tones and chimes that the Velvet Underground modelled on Sunday Morning are invoked once too often. But, beyond this, Sandoval's sedated, spellbound voice remains a remarkable presence. [Nov 2001]
  12. Sandoval has a voice quite unlike almost any other and perfectly suited to stark, narcoleptic laments, which is what this, with a couple of curious-if-brief instrumental diversions, delivers on a regular basis.
  13. Like all of Mazzy Star's releases, Bavarian Fruit Bread works well as a mood piece and makes good background music, but it doesn't reward close listening.
  14. Over the course of 12 tracks and almost 50 minutes of music, there are hardly any dynamics to hold the listener's attention.
  15. The Wire
    Sandoval's overly stylised vocals really start to grate over the distance of a whole LP. [#213, p.65]

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