Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 70
    Mission Bell, his fourth album on Blue Note, sharpens the payoff.
  2. Feb 2, 2011
    70
    The tone of the album is consistently mellow but not necessarily boring.
  3. Feb 2, 2011
    75
    It's a new feel and direction for Lee, and not an unrewarding one, but it's his collaboration with Beam on "Violin" that captures a sound at which Lee truly excels.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Apr 8, 2011
    67
    His soulful singing charms throughout. [25 Feb 2011, p.83]
  5. Mojo
    Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Lee is so commanding that guests Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson are drawn into top-of-the-range duets and still don't take over. [Feb 2011, p.96]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 22, 2015
    10
    I fully agree with the other reviewer. While I have loved some older Lee songs, and not loved some, Mission Bell, with only 1 or 2I fully agree with the other reviewer. While I have loved some older Lee songs, and not loved some, Mission Bell, with only 1 or 2 exceptions, is a consistently well crafted album, displaying soulful songs, Lee's superb voice, and of course, Willie at the end, who adds to the excellence of this release. Full Review »
  2. Apr 22, 2011
    10
    One of the best albums I've heard this year. Totally underrated. I don't understand why the critics don't rate this album higher, maybeOne of the best albums I've heard this year. Totally underrated. I don't understand why the critics don't rate this album higher, maybe because Amos has changed his sound? Don't know, but I sure like it. Take a listen today!!! Full Review »