Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. 90
    His voice, tremulous, always searching, always yearning, makes everything he plays sound like the aftershocks of a broken heart, his teasing humour assuring you that despite everything it’d probably be ok.
  2. Oct 11, 2013
    Somewhere between slumber party and rock & roll church service, Electricity by Candlelight captures a truly special moment in the life of one of American music's most valuable songwriters, and gives a warm and welcoming window into his own inspirations.
  3. Oct 11, 2013
    Electricity by Candlelight shows off Chilton's instrumental virtuosity and his impressive memory for songs.
  4. Uncut
    Oct 11, 2013
    [The set] has ramshackle charm. [Nov 2013, p.89]
  5. Oct 29, 2013
    The sound quality is iffy, the track list is scattered and someone has a really annoying laugh, but there’s a sense of magic underpinning this inadvertent live album that captures Alex Chilton performing an acoustic set at the Knitting Factory in New York in 1997.
  6. Dec 2, 2013
    Needless to say, under the electrically-challenged circumstances, it's a lo-fi affair, but you'll find few live recordings where an artist and his audience share an experience as directly and intimately as this.

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