Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Feb 18, 2011
    88
    With alt-country lyrics that are more Tom Waits than Guy Clark, Hayes Carll continues to impress, giving us more to think about than just honky tonks and heartaches.
  2. Feb 18, 2011
    88
    Carll is every bit as expressive a singer as he is a writer, drawling his trenchant observations with deceptive ease.
  3. 83
    Carll is locked in a not-so-fierce battle with Ryan Bingham for the title of new king of alt-country. Here he splits the difference between Bingham's tender musings and a more raucous brand of humor.
  4. A little too decisively to instill much hope for his love life, the rowdy songs are deeper than the thoughtful ones.
  5. Feb 17, 2011
    83
    The spontaneity isn't always the best showcase for Carll, who has a tendency to lean too often on either his mid-'60s Bob Dylan cadence or his two-stepping Hank Jr. voice.
  6. Dec 12, 2011
    80
    Another damn good album from the Texan, as convincing on songs of country heartache as on roadhouse swagger. [Aug. 2011, p. 97]
  7. In a crowd of loudish country and R&B guitars he tells brief stories of everyday lives with a correspondingly everyday voice, but with a kind of unslung abandonment that goes rather well with the guitars. It's very good.
  8. Feb 18, 2011
    80
    While he's got enough pure country in him to for convincing Merle Haggard-style balladry, he's best on rabble-rousers like the rightly pissed populism of "Stomp And Holler" and the de facto title song, a doomed soldier's outrageous, funny surreal travelogue grafted onto a grungy mutation of Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." [Mar 2011, p.85]
  9. Feb 17, 2011
    78
    Hayes Carll may be playing American schlub on the LP cover, but he's razor-sharp and ready.
  10. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    What makes Carll worthy of such an esteemed class is his storytelling and witty commentary. [Feb. 2011, p. 72]
  11. 70
    What makes Mr. Carll something other than a torchbearer is the frank timeliness of his lyrics, which draw few distinctions between the personal and the political.
  12. Feb 23, 2011
    70
    These are the album's best songs, but the rest are good, too, and the whole is a worthy addition to the ever-growing catalog of sly Texas country-rock.
  13. Feb 17, 2011
    70
    The title track on his latest is a soldier's lament involving heroin, space travel and David Bowie. Now that's country music!
  14. Apr 6, 2011
    60
    Texas troubadour's latest tales are his most potent. [March 2011, p. 97]
  15. Feb 17, 2011
    60
    He lets his imagination paint the details. That's the role of an artist. And while he may be singing lies, that's okay, because one can find the truth in the fiction.

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