Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    Given what a mixed bag tribute albums usually are, Dedicated is not only a surprise for its consistency, but a shining example of what they can--and should--be.
  2. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    There are 13 terrific cuts out of 15, and the album does it's job of demonstrating that the 5 Royales deserve reconsideration.
  3. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    Dedicated serves not only as an introduction to a criminally overlooked, pioneering pre-R&R group but also as a reminder of why Cropper remains so well respected.
  4. Sep 15, 2011
    70
    The songs rise or fall with their singers--thumbs up for Bettye LaVette, Dan Penn, B. B. King and Shemekia Copeland--and the performances are stalwart enough. But they can't come close to the rip-snorting gusto of the "5" Royales nearly half a century ago.
  5. Sep 27, 2011
    60
    The album itself isn't especially surprising (aside from a few vocalist choices that work out). If you're familiar with Cropper and with the "5" Royales, Dedicated is probably what you would expect to hear.
  6. Sep 23, 2011
    60
    Cropper stays fairly faithful to the originals. [Oct 2011, p.83]
  7. Sep 15, 2011
    60
    Cropper's stinging guitar can't help but showboat, albeit in the classiest of ways.
  8. 60
    Cropper's needle-sharp guitar fills best demonstrate the immense debt the MGs man owes to the 5 Royales songwriter and guitarist Lowman Pauling.

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