Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    100
    It’s certainly the best down-to-earth storytelling item to emerge in ages.
  2. Jun 3, 2013
    80
    It's delivered with such warmth and skill that reservations fade, and the delight of hearing a band do something very well takes over.
  3. Jun 3, 2013
    70
    It's a fine effort in a heavily populated field. [Jul 2013, p.76]
  4. Jun 3, 2013
    70
    Yet despite its flaws, this is still an impressively confident debut from a band that sound far older than their years.
  5. Jul 10, 2013
    60
    The debut set from New Albany's Houndmouth suggests there's more to them than nice skinny jeans. [Aug 2013, p.88]
  6. Jun 17, 2013
    60
    If From The Hills doesn't quite have the swing and swagger of 2012's self-titled EP, it shouldn't be hard to recapture that promise next time around. [Jul 2013, p.105]
  7. 60
    The four-piece’s debut is a forcefully soulful affair.
  8. Jun 3, 2013
    50
    So while there's nothing vastly wrong with From The Hills Below The City, there's also nothing vastly right.
  9. Jun 3, 2013
    50
    The by-the-numbers production goes hand in hand with the bandmembers' tailored playing and thickly stylized vocals, hitting all the marks of emphatic country-enamored rock on tracks like the Toupin-fronted "Houston Train," a tale of being strung out, riding the hard-luck rails.

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