Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 12, 2013
    90
    Blood Oaths Of The New Blues has us realizing, possibly for the first time, what an amazing, enrapturing voice the dude has. [No. 95, p.61]
  2. Feb 4, 2013
    80
    Increasingly straight, maybe, but Wooden Wand still possess a magic touch. [Mar 2013, p.79]
  3. Jan 17, 2013
    80
    It brings out the best in Toth both as a musician and a songwriter.
  4. Jan 10, 2013
    80
    Toth makes a greater effort to rein together all these different musical approaches into a crystalline whole. By doing so, he's inflated his songwriting even further, helping it reach greater altitudes. [Feb 2013, p.94]
  5. Jan 10, 2013
    80
    Blood Oaths is perhaps the closest to plainclothes Wooden Wand has come.
  6. Jan 10, 2013
    79
    If you've liked anything Toth has done in the past, whether that's the tunes he's written or the textures he's conjured, Blood Oaths offers both, perhaps better than ever before. If you've dismissed him, though, this is the sound of one musician's prolific and mercurial path, reaching delightful new highs.
  7. The album, with all of its imperfections and warmly textured moments, feels well-worn and comfortable-despite its often acerbic lyrical habits.
  8. Apr 24, 2013
    70
    Blood Oaths Of The New Blues is a compelling argument for the virtues of grasping what's within your reach rather than grabbing vainly for the stars. [May 2013, p.60]
  9. Jan 14, 2013
    70
    The songs take their time but never ramble, as Mr. Toth faces his existential conundrums with something like equanimity.
  10. Jan 10, 2013
    70
    Blood Oaths of the New Blues is a fascinating, often harrowing album that succeeds by being lonesome without sounding closed off, by both haunting and comforting us at the same time.
  11. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    It's folk, yes, but with a wickedness instead of a waistcoat. [Feb 2013, p.113]
  12. Jan 18, 2013
    60
    [James Jackson Toth] fleshes out more whiskey-warmed, heart-sore folk with flashes of humour. [Feb 2013, p.98]

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