• Record Label: Partisan
  • Release Date: Mar 1, 2011
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4

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  1. Apr 22, 2011
    9
    this is simply put, a fun record to listen to - from start to finish. it has got sing along melodies, creative harmonies, sharp wit and excellent songwriting. what's not to like?
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Dec 7, 2011
    70
    Its members share a similar sensibility, so that, although they alternate selections as if participating in a song pull, the album holds together in the same spirit... the familiar one of the drunken slacker full of gallows humor, and the folk and folk-rock music, appropriately, is played in ramshackle, thrown-together arrangements.
  2. 60
    Middle Brother is nothing revolutionary, but it is an enjoyable throwback to the good ol' days of classic Southern living.
  3. the doting Vasquez love song "Blue Eyes," the lyrical Dawes lost song "Thanks for Nothing," and the clippety-clopping Replacements road song "Portland" all augment the deep craft and acrid wordplay of the guy who's why you heard them‑-in fact, who's why you heard this varied, consistent, tune-conscious album.