• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Oct 2, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Oct 1, 2012
    Emotionally powerful, darkly beautiful, and troubling yet genuine at the same time, Don't Be a Stranger is the sort of album only Mark Eitzel could make, and if it's not always as strong and as focused as one might hope, it honors his muse better than he has on his own in some time, and shows this master songwriter still has some worthy stories left to tell.
  2. Oct 5, 2012
    Eitzel's work is rarely weak, but Don't Be a Stranger finds him hitting another peak.
  3. 70
    Don't Be a Stranger is grounded in a pessimistic reality.
  4. Oct 1, 2012
    Don't Be A Stranger is very subtle album, soft in tone but twisted and eaten from the inside by corrosive intelligence.
  5. Oct 3, 2012
    There are enough great moments, such as "Why Are You With Me" and "All My Love," to make this his strongest solo record in quite a while, but it is still far from his best work.
  6. Mojo
    Oct 22, 2012
    Some of the 11 songs have a rich band sound with strings and strong piano, and others a spare contemplative tone. [Nov 2012, p.88]
  7. Oct 1, 2012
    Peer between the lines and Eitzel has lifted off some of the weight to create his most redemptive, mature work yet.
  8. Oct 2, 2012
    Don't Be a Stranger is out-of-sorts in the best way, as Eitzel forever plays the outsider looking in.
  9. Oct 1, 2012
    Don't Be a Stranger, American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel's best record since 2001's The Invisible Man.
  10. Oct 2, 2012
    The second half here sounds far more solitary, far less shaped by the sound of others and, as a result, murky in their intention and execution rather than their emotions.
  11. Uncut
    Oct 2, 2012
    Thankfully, more often than not Eitzel is on great form. [Nov 2012, p.82]

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