'Sno Angel Like You

Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. With its subtly joyous tones and lustrous songwriting, 'Sno Angel Like You turns out to be a labor of love with endless rewards.
  2. Weighty and authoritative, the gospel backings help convert Gelb’s often world-weary musings into straight-talking wisdom, the kind of stuff you want to listen to on a bad day.
  3. Fans of Gelb's have to be excited about this because it's perfect, a career high.
  4. The soulful harmonies complement Gelb's dry one-liners and restless guitar surprisingly well.
  5. While nothing wholly spectacular, 'Sno Angel is no less an exceptional effort from a charmingly earnest, yet still somewhat self-conscious, lyricist and singer.
  6. 'Sno Angel Like You is not only beautifully performed and recorded, but also wonderfully written.
  7. An immensely pleasing and happy album.
  8. Most of Gelb's seven new songs hold their own with four primo re-rolls.
  9. Under The Radar
    70
    The album is consistent in tone and spirit, never wandering far from its uncluttered ethic. [#13, p.85]
  10. Mojo
    100
    It's remarkable how organic and right (as opposed to gimmicky) the church voices sound on these 14 melodic folk, spare soul and various-tempo blues songs. [Apr 2006, p.98]
  11. Uncut
    80
    Feels freshly ironic and original. [Apr 2006, p.98]
  12. Q Magazine
    80
    Get To Leave and Paradise Here Abouts unite Gelb's notoriously scattered logic into music showcasing an immense generosity of spirit and poetic warmth. [May 2006, p.124]
  13. Gelb has produced his most focused work in ages.
  14. Paste Magazine
    70
    Fortunately, while the pairing produces a mawkish or awkward moment here and there, 'Sno Angel Like You ulitmately captures the unique mixture of ugliness and beauty Gelb has strived to achieve throughout his career. [Apr/May 2006, p.115]
  15. Magnet
    90
    There's a lot to love about 'Sno Angel... Like You. [#71, p.98]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Wig
    Sep 20, 2006
    9
    Another excellent release - you MUST see him live to fully appeciate his work...
  2. AJ
    Jul 10, 2006
    9
    This is like the good twin of Nick Cave's "Abattoir Blues." Gelb sounds self assured and the gospel choir lends a sense of religious This is like the good twin of Nick Cave's "Abattoir Blues." Gelb sounds self assured and the gospel choir lends a sense of religious authority to his quirky nuggets of alliterated wisdom. You get the feeling that he toned things down a bit with the choir involved, but it actually aids the final product. The album feels like an album. It has a sense of direction and cohesiveness without sacrificing the whimsical nature of Gelb's musings and vocal style. Fans of Gelb know that he can stray too far at times. He doesn't here. Full Review »
  3. erike
    Jul 3, 2006
    9
    another billiant album by giant howe !