Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Feb 29, 2012
    Release Me, his final album of an almost 30-year career for Curb, finds him resolutely steadfast in his excellence and eclecticism.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Feb 29, 2012
    Lovett doesn't just cover his favorite songs here, he transforms them. [2 Mar 2012, p.73]
  3. Feb 29, 2012
    Lovett is relaxing into the songs and sounds he loves, and he hasn't sounded like so much fun in years.
  4. Apr 5, 2012
    The entire affair is more open, relaxed and loose than he's ever been on record, qualities that appear easily and readily during his live shows.
  5. Mar 27, 2012
    Release Me provides a clear picture of Lovett's stylistic bedrock, and reminds that he's stood steadfast upon it all along.
  6. 70
    Thoughtfully assembled and beautifully rendered.
  7. Apr 5, 2012
    His trademark big-band singer-songwriter acumen is splendidly arranged and performed in a manner equivalent to Lovett's high-class reputation.
  8. Jul 26, 2012
    Some stand up to the violins and mandolins, but others get overwhelmed.
  9. As is conventional with contract filler, this is not going to be a go-to album in the canon.
  10. 50
    Lovett sounds so tired on all of these songs. All those years with Curb weigh heavily on him, which makes Release Me less of a triumphant good-bye and more of an unceremonious shuffle out the door.
  11. Feb 29, 2012
    It's largely covers and duets, with Lovett coasting through some favorite songs with his combo.

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