• Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2008
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9

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  1. jimr.
    Aug 28, 2008
    9
    Yeah, a couple of misses, but if you are a fan it is a fine keeper.
  2. EricC.
    Jan 10, 2009
    8
    In a world of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, Loudon Wainwright has always had to sit just below the radar. But with his blunt and honest songwriting paired with near flawless compositions, he deserves a place in music history as one of the greatest singer-songwriters. This reworking of some classics and personal favorites serves as a solid entry point for those that have missed out. For In a world of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, Loudon Wainwright has always had to sit just below the radar. But with his blunt and honest songwriting paired with near flawless compositions, he deserves a place in music history as one of the greatest singer-songwriters. This reworking of some classics and personal favorites serves as a solid entry point for those that have missed out. For everyone else, there is little revelatory about this album, other than the surprising youthfulness of his voice. Expand
  3. Apr 21, 2011
    3
    The album has a few songs that are good--the rest of the album is nothing but a sad reminder that Eminem and all of hip hop is in fact dead for now. a couple of songs have some of the best lyrics of his career but they do nothing to make up for the fact that the production is worthless. i try to listen, but find myself turning it off after only minutes if my ipod doesnt read "cold windThe album has a few songs that are good--the rest of the album is nothing but a sad reminder that Eminem and all of hip hop is in fact dead for now. a couple of songs have some of the best lyrics of his career but they do nothing to make up for the fact that the production is worthless. i try to listen, but find myself turning it off after only minutes if my ipod doesnt read "cold wind blows". not afraid and no love are catchy but they are not rap. You're never over is a good song, but I cant stand the 80's synths. Expand
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. There are great finds--'Man Who Couldn't Cry'--but some bones are best unpolished.
  2. Wainwright's voice sounds better than ever, adding the weight of history to songs that were poignant to begin with.
  3. Since Wainwright is such a clever and insightful lyricist, even his weakest material is worth a listen, so Recovery is never unpleasant, but the song selection is unjustifiably uneven.