Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. There are times on this record, though, when the quaver fades for a few notes and [Oberst's] voice drops out of hysterical high range, and it's actually pleasant to listen to -- but that never lasts, and that's a shame.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46
  1. Nov 6, 2011
    10
    So many awesome memorable songs are contained within, I have listened to these songs countless times over the years and their meaning has onlySo many awesome memorable songs are contained within, I have listened to these songs countless times over the years and their meaning has only deepened over time. False Advertising, You Will? You Will ?, Lover I Don't Have to Love, Nothing Gets Crossed Out and From a Balance Beam are great songs because they are deep, original and moving to people who spend time in reflection. Full Review »
  2. Mar 2, 2011
    8
    I could relate to this album. It's such a great album. The lyrics are poetry and Conor Oberst's voice mends so well together singing it. It'sI could relate to this album. It's such a great album. The lyrics are poetry and Conor Oberst's voice mends so well together singing it. It's a powerful, emotional punch of a record. All In All, a beautiful record that I recommend. B+ Full Review »
  3. danM
    Mar 27, 2007
    9
    Amazing album..every song is absolutly perfect in it's own way...Although Fevers & Mirrors is far better, I do love this album...best Amazing album..every song is absolutly perfect in it's own way...Although Fevers & Mirrors is far better, I do love this album...best songs are "Big Picture", "False Advertising", "Wast Of Paint", and "Bowl Of Oranges" Full Review »