Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Just what the doctor ordered for those underwhelmed by last year's Built To Spill album. [Jul 2002, p.94]
  2. Without sufficient songwriting versatility, things can get pretty mediocre and, well, boring by the end of a ten-song album.
  3. 80
    The band has finally become more than the sum of its friends. [#54, p.106]
  4. This is a solid (and yes, more polished) effort, not likely to disappoint their ardent fans, and I expect that it will draw many new listeners to the band's somber world.
  5. The band seems to have lost the fire under its collective ass that propelled its previous records to greatness. Without it, they sound merely pleasant and adequate rather than intense and fiery as they have previously.

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