Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 1, 2012
    Arriving ten years after her solo debut, Little Heater has managed to take the anachronistic qualities of Irwin's sound and imbue them with real relevance. [No.91 p.55]
  2. Oct 26, 2012
    These stark, largely unadorned folk-country songs are given added edge by Irwin's faintly metallic voice, with delicate shadings from the like of producer and multi-instrumental wizz Tara Jane O'Neil and pedal steeler Marc Orleans. [Dec 2012, p.72]
  3. Sep 27, 2012
    The arrival of Little Heater, only Irwin's second solo album, is therefore a notable event, and nothing about it disappoints.
  4. Sep 27, 2012
    Little Heater is a lovely, evocative album that touches the heart, the soul, and the intellect with equal force; this is the work of a singular artist working at the top of her game and it demands to be heard.
  5. Sep 27, 2012
    Little Heater is a document that could only have come from her end of the road. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.124]
  6. Sep 27, 2012
    At its best, Little Heater transports you to a dark world full of pain, loss and music so beautiful that it makes the trip not just worthwhile, but necessary.
  7. Feb 19, 2013
    Though hardly the type of platter meant to accompany any sort of festive gathering, Little Heater still manages to stir the senses.
  8. 60
    Banjo, pedal steel, and fiddle show up on cue here and there with lovely results, but never to the point of distracting from the album's foundation of Irwin and her acoustic guitar just singing away their woes to each other.
  9. Sep 27, 2012
    Irwin peppers her songs with Southern Gothic characters, while her keening, naive voice suggests remote mountains where dark deeds are the norm. [Oct 23012, p.94]
  10. 60
    These intimate performances are not made for the masses or background listening, and are all the more potent for that.

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