Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. The instrumentation is luscious and variable, the harmonies are wonderful, the lyrics are solid and compelling for the most part, and with such a lovely blend of slower and up-tempo tracks to choose from, Overlook is something you definitely don't want to do in regards to what might just be considered Maria Taylor's finest solo effort to date.
  2. Aug 19, 2011
    This is a band album, and a solid one at that.
  3. Aug 19, 2011
    Overlook is her best, most animated collection in years.
  4. Sep 26, 2011
    Overlook is not her best record, but is an encouraging return to a sensibility marked by deliberation and sensuousness in equal measure.
  5. Aug 19, 2011
    Taylor is gifted, and capable of moments of arresting near-brilliance. But though she's been a professional musician for nearly 15 years, she still hasn't really announced who she is.
  6. Alternative Press
    Aug 19, 2011
    Overlook has its moments. [Sep 2011, p.120]
  7. Aug 19, 2011
    While Taylor's voice is more adventurous than ever, it seems that the music hasn't quite caught up.
  8. Aug 19, 2011
    Ultimately, there just isn't enough content here to drive an entire album, and halfway through Taylor loses her footing.
  9. Q Magazine
    Nov 8, 2011
    It's all pleasant enough, but sadly, there's too little here to set the pulse racing. [Nov. 2011, p. 140]
  10. 20
    Taylor's whispery, timid voice sounds restrained on nearly every track. Coupled with repetitive lyrics and monotonous rhythms, Overlook is a yawn-inducing piece.

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