Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Apr 8, 2011
    The ex-Drive-By Trucker cranks things up a gear with this terrific collection of Muscle Shoals-recorded country-rock. [15 Apr 2011, p. 87]
  2. Apr 12, 2011
    It's taken Isbell three albums to find his comfortable post-Truckers solo-artist groove, and on Here We Rest, he settles in quite nicely.
  3. The album is his most consistent and complete, finding room for singer-songwriter-type country, alt. country, harder rock and soul within a single record, while retaining a sense of direction and cohesiveness, as well as heart, soul and a satisfying emotional connection between artist and audience .
  4. Mojo
    Jun 24, 2011
    If Bruce Springsteen or Steve Earle had created these blue-collar character sketches Here We Rest would be a return to their very best. At 32, however, Isbell seems to be just warming up. [Jul 2011, p.107]
  5. Uncut
    Apr 12, 2011
    It feels like an extended hymn to his home state. [May 2011, p.92]
  6. 80
    Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's Here We Rest is not what you'd call easy listening.
  7. Apr 11, 2011
    Like the two albums before it, Here We Rest shines a light on Jason Isbell's softer side, illuminating the sad-faced country tunes and bluesy ballads that rarely popped up during his time with Drive-By Truckers.
  8. Apr 7, 2011
    The ex–Drive-By Truckers guitarist shares his former band's lyrical penchant for the dark end of the street.
  9. Apr 19, 2011
    Here We Rest doesn't produce anything on par with "Outfit" or "Decoration Day," but it's an encouraging sign that Isbell might still have songs as fine left in him.
  10. Isbell is an accomplished and serious songwriter and what keeps Here We Rest from being the stonker it so nearly is is not the writing but the slightness of his voice – and his band.
  11. Apr 11, 2011
    Few songwriters today write with Isbell's combination of lyrical economy, deep-seated empathy, and masterstroke axe melodies.

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