Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. This is late-night listening that pulses with pain.
  2. Don Was' appreciative arrangements leave room for the big man's vocal majesty. [11 Mar 2005, p.104]
  3. Make Do With What You Got is proof he still has the mojo to deliver the goods.
  4. The marriage of material and performance maintains high consistency and purpose.
  5. 70
    I know which post-millennial album I'll add to the Atlantic, Bell and gospel classics. [Apr 2005, p.96]
  6. 70
    There's a lurking suspicion of contrivance here, as opposed to the spontaneity that characterised Don't Give Up On Me. [Apr 2005, p.102]
  7. Make Do With What You Got sounds like an overly anxious attempt to re-create the sound of vintage R&B sides that gets the surfaces right but never quite captures the heart and soul of the music.
  8. Make Do With What You Got proves that Burke... is in the midst of more than a one-album comeback.
  9. What the new Make Do With What You Got lacks in surprise, it makes up for in other areas.
  10. Nearly the entire record sounds too polished, too clean.
  11. Takes him out of the bedroom and into the bar room and, as a result, it's a much drearier affair. [Apr 2005, p.120]
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 1, 2005
    Burke's singing is wonderful, but Don Was' production sounds canned and over-glossed. A shame, since the material's not bad and Burke's last album was such a welcome surprise. Full Review »