Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. The Wire
    Apr 24, 2013
    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]
  2. Magnet
    Feb 12, 2013
    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]
  3. Uncut
    Feb 4, 2013
    Increasingly straight, maybe, but Wooden Wand still possess a magic touch. [Mar 2013, p.79]
  4. Jan 17, 2013
    It brings out the best in Toth both as a musician and a songwriter.
  5. Jan 14, 2013
    The songs take their time but never ramble, as Mr. Toth faces his existential conundrums with something like equanimity.
  6. Alternative Press
    Jan 10, 2013
    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]
  7. Jan 10, 2013
    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.
  8. The album, with all of its imperfections and warmly textured moments, feels well-worn and comfortable-despite its often acerbic lyrical habits.
  9. Jan 10, 2013
    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.
  10. Jan 10, 2013
    Blood Oaths is perhaps the closest to plainclothes Wooden Wand has come.

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