Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 20, 2011
    80
    Dylan has never sounded more convincing--and any true Dylan lover will have to seek out this album.
  2. Apr 20, 2011
    80
    This recording demonstrates what he was capable of out of his element: a skillful entertainer working the crowd, reaching into his trick bag and pulling out just what he needs to get the job done.
  3. Apr 20, 2011
    80
    Dylan is as warmly engaging as ever on "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues" and "Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues," which remains one of his funniest songs. The only bummer? The tape doesn't start until partway through the opener, a rewrite of Henry Thomas' "Honey, Won't You Allow Me One More Chance?"
  4. 70
    At turns witty, sarcastic, evasive and chilling, Dylan's mercurial song-cycle takes listeners from the exuberant opener, through the sarcastic jibes of "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues" and into the bleak sorrow of "Ballad of Hollis Brown."
  5. Apr 20, 2011
    63
    Ultimately, Brandeis was more valuable and revealing as a bonus disc than as a standalone album.
  6. Apr 20, 2011
    60
    If the show doesn't quite manage to be memorable, it is certainly engaging, a worthwhile 38 minutes even if it doesn't quite have much more than a historic hook to warrant repeated plays.
  7. Apr 28, 2011
    40
    Without knowing the musical and political climate at the time, and without knowing Dylan's future place in both camps, this disc is slight at best.

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