• Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2012
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 22, 2012
    60
    The instrumental work is impressive throughout, but Gidden's vocals are the main attraction. [Apr 2012, p.88]
  2. 60
    Far from coming off as a dry and didactic exercise in replicating an ancient style of playing, Carolina Chocolate Drops has instead reinvigorated old-time music for 21st-century ears.
  3. Feb 27, 2012
    60
    Carolina Chocolate Drops are a gloriously energetic and adventurous live band, but this set mysteriously fails to demonstrate their range.
  4. 60
    It has a winning blend of respect, technique and humour.
  5. Feb 27, 2012
    50
    The result is an album full of gateway music, lovingly made knockoffs that point to the purer and smarter bluegrass it's imitating.
  6. Mar 14, 2012
    40
    There's no faulting the brilliant playing, but by restricting themselves to exploring a fairly unevolved musical form they forever repeat its limitations. [April 2012, p.90]

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