Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    McCombs and crew have painted a portrait of endless highways, ghost towns, and sunburnt moments of ecstatic possibility.
  2. 50
    Brokeback And The Black Rock reveals itself as a flawed yet still sporadically rewarding long-player.
  3. Jan 18, 2013
    70
    McCombs has performed a bit of rodeo jiujitsu, stealing his band's name back by invoking the myth of the West.
  4. Jan 22, 2013
    60
    Black Rock is still filled with McCombs' spacious, isolating tracks ("Tonight at Ten," "Gold!"), which are best for lonely winter evenings.
  5. Feb 11, 2013
    75
    The result is a finely crafted collection of music that speaks volumes beyond its instrumental presentation. [No. 95, p.53]
  6. Feb 6, 2013
    60
    Polished arrangements in a mix of menacing, reverb-drenched grooves and languid shimmer. [Mar 2013, p.98]
  7. Jan 18, 2013
    64
    The Black Rock succeeds on occasion, but the weight of McCombs' past is a tough load to bear in situations like this.
  8. Jan 22, 2013
    60
    It is by no means below-average, but you may develop a fondness for the inconsistent qualities of Field Recordings from the Cook County Water Table, an album where each track--for better or worse--would plunge.
  9. Jan 18, 2013
    60
    This is desert blues that doesn't just trudge into the horizon, but stops to admire the sunset. [Feb 2013, p.69]

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