Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. With a solid emotional through-line and a few sonic surprises, Cinder is a musical novella, whose narrative compels you to its last luxurious line.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    This time around, you can sulk and tap your toes. [14 Oct 2005, p.155]
  3. It would be a lie to say some of Cinder doesn't seem ramshackle. You can tell the difference between a song carefully arranged and one in which the band's three members appear to be improvising in the studio.
  4. This is the Dirty Three as you have never heard them before.
  5. Chan Marshall adds an autumnal tint to Great Waves, but it's far from the high point. The frantic, abrasive Flutter, or heart-melting closer In Fall don't need vocals: their wild poetry is beyond words.
  6. Alternative Press
    Cinder proffers the majestic sweep of a nature documentary. [Nov 2005, p.208]
  7. New Musical Express (NME)
    Dirty Three have become increasingly proficient at speaking a private musical language in public. [22 Oct 2005, p.41]
  8. Mojo
    An album of gauzily reflective--but engrossingly atmospheric--pieces. [Nov 2005, p.108]
  9. Paste Magazine
    Cinder feels less like discrete tracks and more like a river of song bearing you effortlessly from one sublime moment to the next. [Dec 2005, p.115]
  10. It has a beautiful simplicity that belies its sophistication.
  11. Cinder isn't an album that wallops you over the head at any points, but wins you over with steady and solid songs.
  12. This is a step forward, and the new studio approach is a constructive development.
  13. It's Dirty Three as they've always been, testing their limits, but still producing some of the prettiest and most artful music around.
  14. It still has the signature guitar-drums-violin approach, but there are subtle variations that make this a different record.
  15. Q Magazine
    Contains more than its fair share of exquisite melancholy and careering abandon. [Nov 2005, p.123]
  16. Uncut
    The album's meandering latter stages drag a little, but overall Cinder provides a grand musical landscape. [Nov 2005, p.114]
  17. Under The Radar
    A good record for a late night spin when you're feeling all moody and introspective. [#11, p.114]
  18. This album more than any other swiftly dispels the notion that the trio are condemned to register wary introspection through brooding atmospheres.
  19. If much of it is merely pretty, this is easily the most diverse and wide-ranging Dirty Three record yet, absolutely the right thing for them to be doing at this time.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. E
    Dec 20, 2005
    D3 already made Ocean Songs and Horse Stories. If you want to hear them again, go listen to them! Why retread the same ground? Cinder is D3 already made Ocean Songs and Horse Stories. If you want to hear them again, go listen to them! Why retread the same ground? Cinder is excellent in its own way. Full Review »
  2. karls
    Nov 23, 2005
    Album of the year from the best rock'n'roll band on the planet.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Oct 28, 2005
    I miss the mysticism of their earlier work, and the downright rock of thei even earlier work. Cat Power