• Record Label: New West
  • Release Date: Apr 23, 2002
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. As the program continues, it becomes clear that he has reinvented most of the tracks in pretty much the same way, and the limits of his low-key, almost whispery vocals can grow tiring.
  2. Alternative Press
    70
    While he's a better songwriter than a singer, Eitzel definitely knows his way around a tune. [Jun 2002, p.82]
  3. Begins as a curious listen and ends up just being a drag.
  4. Blender
    60
    It takes a few listens for Songs to feel more than just odd, but as with most Eitzel projects, its mood lingers like cigar smoke. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.106]
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    He stamps tunes ranging from Culture Club's "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" to Phil Ochs' "Rehearsals for Retirement" with his sad-sack aesthetic--to chilling effect. [17 May 2002, p.78]
  6. Magnet
    60
    Music, while a pleasant listen, is nowhere near the heartfelt art Eitzel normally blesses us with. [#54, p.86]
  7. Mojo
    80
    The perfect vehicle for Eitzel's gorgeous, weary voice and wry, savage humour. [June 2002, p.106]
  8. Lacking the startling mark of cool-hearted covermongers such as Cat Power and Mark Kozelek, this is still an easeful album of mostly slow-blooded tunes.
  9. A charming enough document that fans will almost certainly find worthwhile.
  10. Courage and Confidence exhibits practically all of the possible flaws of cover records, and virtually none of the potential pluses.
  11. Q Magazine
    40
    Practically drips with misery. [June 2002, p.112]
  12. Most of its 10 tracks are quiet and winsomely melancholy--Eitzel's dominant mode of expression--and the titular "courage and confidence" has more to do with the pleasure of a singer-songwriter successfully submerging himself in someone else's song.
  13. Uncut
    80
    Eitzel makes the songs his own, re-working them with a degree of affection and passion usually lacking from the covers-album genre. [Jul 2002, p.104]
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  1. HerveB
    Sep 8, 2004
    10
    Nobody does it better! And so different... Who else would have covered Culture Club in such a way?