Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 20, 2012
    70
    Crowell and Karr have written an interesting album here, but it's no Diamonds & Dirt, the 1988 album that is Crowell's best, and an album that deftly straddles the personal and the general in a way this one does not, however intelligently wrought it is.
  2. Jul 20, 2012
    70
    Collectively, they touch upon a complex range of emotions and interconnections, supported by sparse and countrified instrumentation that sets an appropriately Texan tone.
  3. Jul 26, 2012
    70
    Some [of the songs] are funny, some are sad, and the best are somewhere in between. [#88, p.54]
  4. Jul 20, 2012
    70
    The him-songs fit neatly alongside the autobiographical gems on his best albums like The Houston Kid and The Outsider. But the her-songs are the ones that really resonate.
  5. Jul 20, 2012
    88
    The writing is as crisp as the playing, ornate but without added contrivance, a credit to producer Joe Henry. A tuneful 10-song novel.
  6. Jul 27, 2012
    60
    It's a consistent Crowell effort, if a bit by-the-numbers. [Jul 2012, p.70]

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