Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 21, 2012
    In short, it's a modern blues record that even non-blues fans can love and that blues fans can outright cherish.
  2. Mar 21, 2012
    An album of considerable weight. [Feb 2012, p.99]
  3. Mar 21, 2012
    Contraband pushes Taylor's music forward, if by short, measured steps, and the qualities that make him the 21st century's classic bluesman keep his sound deep and true.
  4. Mar 21, 2012
    By reining in the freedom that made Clovis People, Vol. 3 such a puzzling wonder, Taylor manages to up the ante musically and lyrically on Contraband.
  5. Mar 21, 2012
    Aside from Taylor's earlier albums, Contraband would stand as a unique work, but it's not up to the standards set by reasonably similar records.

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