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]

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