Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Jul 25, 2012
    While Blood Speaks may lack the immediate hooks of its predecessor, it's got longer legs, deeper corners, and attitude to spare.
  2. Jun 8, 2012
    There's a gritty, lucid vein [in the album's songs] running just below the top layer of haze, the words' bite stinging all the more for their burial under all those dank guitar tones and harmonies as dark and delicate as black lace.
  3. Uncut
    Jun 1, 2012
    You get less of a sense of young maidens skipping round the maypole than two battle-scarred musicians adapting to life on the road. [Jul 2012, p.83]
  4. Mojo
    Jul 18, 2012
    Smoke Fairies still possess great harmonies and sweet melodies, but they now come steel clad. [Jun 2012, p.92]
  5. May 31, 2012
    Blood Speaks a largely timeless-feeling piece which not only sounds like it could have been written any decade over the last 40 years or so, but feels eternal in the way it runs its course.
  6. May 31, 2012
    Sometimes you wish they'd let themselves go a little more, but there's much here to adore.
  7. May 31, 2012
    It's a bold step, and one that can't quite sustain itself but Blood Speaks is a force of nature, and in more senses than one.
  8. May 31, 2012
    The mood of gathering gloom occasionally drifts rather close to torpor, but Feel It Coming Near and the sublime Awake usher the darkness in beautifully.

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