• Record Label: Rounder
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2011
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. The Jayhawks are still crafting music that should be emulated. And that in and of itself is why Mockingbird Time is worth its 50 minutes.
  2. Feb 23, 2012
    80
    The trademark ingredients that turned Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass into seminal classics are retained via Olson's yearning vocals, the sun splashed harmonies and their adept meld of Americana, vintage West Coast rock, strings and psychedelia.
  3. Sep 23, 2011
    80
    Mockingbird Time is a simple but richly rewarding example of what the Jayhawks do better than anyone, and serves as a potent reminder that they're one of the finest American bands of their time.
  4. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    Mockingbird Time revisits what made the Louris-Olson Jayhawks truly distinctive: the omnipresent, twining, joyous interplay of their voices. That pairing is here again in full force.
  5. Mojo
    Sep 20, 2011
    80
    With very few exceptions, there's a real sense of unity throughout the album. [Oct 2011, p.106]
  6. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    Mockingbird Time yields its pleasures slowly--at first listen, it felt like a letdown--but once revealed, they're indelible.
  7. 70
    While many of these songs succeed, some performances also feel slightly phoned in.
  8. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    Ignore the mouth-breathing rock bangers, and Mockingbird is as comfortable as well-worn denim.
  9. 70
    This is a solid album that will make fans happy without an instant classic like "Waiting For The Sun" or "Blue."
  10. Sep 20, 2011
    70
    There must be worse fates than ending up as a classic pop jukebox, and there's excitement as well as devotion in all this archaeology.
  11. Equal parts Byrds, Beatles and Burritos, this kicks away the cobwebs nicely.
  12. Sep 20, 2011
    70
    The Jayhawks made their mix a signature long ago; though they stretch out with surprising hooks, the tunes are branded like calves--soaring singalongs full of bad weather, emotional and meteorological.
  13. Sep 20, 2011
    67
    The best songs on Mockingbird Time wind through changes.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Sep 23, 2011
    10
    Mimicking another old-timer who grabbed a copy of this splendid release off the racks, I didn't hear a bad song on the ride home. This isMimicking another old-timer who grabbed a copy of this splendid release off the racks, I didn't hear a bad song on the ride home. This is harmonic major-key Americana made for these discordant rocky times. Mockingbird Time has just become my favorite album by the Jayhawks. Full Review »