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Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 2, 2012
    70
    Jackson may have been cast in the eternal sideman role in Belle & Sebastian, but (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson shows without a doubt that he is a pop craftsman in his own right.
  2. Aug 21, 2012
    50
    If anything, it's not that Jackson doesn't try hard to impress, but that he tries too hard to on the record.
  3. Jun 15, 2012
    56
    These 12 songs feel like whimsical larks, and Jackson's considerable charm should be able to put them over just fine in a live setting. But the record can also be too whimsical for its own good, and for most listeners, Jackson's Belle and Sebastian songs will be enough.
  4. Aug 22, 2012
    60
    The album works its minimal beats and retrograde high to near perfection, perhaps only because of it had the ultimate incubation period. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.118]
  5. Jun 15, 2012
    60
    If you like 'The Wrong Girl' or 'I'm Not Living In The Real World', you'll find plenty to enjoy here. If you tend to shuffle past the B&S that isn't pure Stuart Murdoch, you'll just find your punnery tolerance levels severely tested.
  6. 83
    His jangly, '60s-style ditties are allowed to run free through the village green. [20 Jul 2012, p.72]
  7. 40
    At the end of the day, I Can't Get No (Stevie Jackson) proves that Jackson is a perfectly capable guitarist for the band he plays in, who has the ability to whip a song now and again for a long player. Writing a whole album's worth of material? Not so much.
  8. Jun 15, 2012
    70
    An LP with a long gestation period but a short attention span that revels in 1960s pop music and is as fun as it is jangling.
  9. Jul 20, 2012
    65
    Fro all the hooks and hummable moments, none of them stick around after the song is over. [No.89, p.56]
  10. 70
    It's not so much "old sad bastard music," as Barry described it--more like charmingly puerile lullabies.
  11. Aug 24, 2012
    60
    No one's asking Jackson to bare his soul. Still, there's a surface-y, writing-exercise quality to many of these songs. (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson doesn't really give us much Stevie Jackson, just some clever jottings and puns and tunes he's scratched out in a notebook.

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