User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 72
  2. Negative: 4 out of 72

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  1. MultipleMiggs
    Aug 28, 2002
    5
    The most overrated album in a long time. Cliched lyrics, overwrought singing, and an overall lack of songs.
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. Untrustworthy, confused, touching and idiotically ambitious; hard work that, undoubtedly, repays the effort.
  2. It is, in such, truly great, or truly arrogant, or truly conceited, or truly preposterous, or truly confused, or truly bemused, or truly profound, or truly magnificent. Or maybe all of these things. At once. Or at times.
  3. Love it or hate it, the precious, nasal vibrato Oberst affects is the tie that binds all these varied tunes together in the end, and in most cases, it compliments the music admirably.