Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 90
    The tunes here are full of immediately memorable, if not obvious, hooks, and the vocals capture a tenderness and vulnerability he's never before revealed.
  2. A marvellous, surprising comeback from a forgotten talent. [Mar 2003, p.103]
  3. Bright Sky is an earnest collection of tempered observation, free from youthful romantic free-for-all but not without authentic feeling.
  4. 80
    It's his skill as a bruised, intimate narrator that makes this album such an alluring addition to Doe's swelling canon. [Feb 2003, p.90]
  5. Seems the perfect sweet and sour soundtrack for some yet-to-be-made Paul Thomas Anderson film. [#36, p.54]
  6. The album forsakes Doe's past rockabilily, country, and punk leanings for a fairly morose, maudlin mood.
  7. 60
    If Doe intended to create an interlocked set of pieces that sustained a mood of pensive reverie, he succeeded, though there's a marked shortage of ear-grabbing, individual songs. [Mar 2003, p.95]
  8. 60
    So low-key that even the amplified instruments sound semi-acoustic. [#10, p.116]
  9. For all the guest starpower, however, the results sound as anonymous as Doe's chosen name.
  10. The problem is the songs. Oh, the songs - they're pretty, all right, but there's no substance.

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