Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 6, 2011
    80
    Baenziger takes nothing for granted when it comes to arrangements. where the song demands it, electronic textures are favoured--instincts which bear rich fruit on Willis and Skinnybone. [Apr 2011, p.95]
  2. May 6, 2011
    80
    She does more than enough to establish herself as a contender. [Mar 2011, p.112]
  3. 80
    Singer Julie Baenziger, aka Julie Ann Bee, whose debut album reveals a similar mix of emotional openness and affinity for the natural world as Laura Veirs, with something of Veirs's inquistive approach to musical textures, too.
  4. May 6, 2011
    70
    A quick dip into glitch seems like a novice move, but all that slide guitar and glockenspiel give Sea of Bees a seasoned sorrow.
  5. May 6, 2011
    70
    In Sea of Beas there is definitely a voice, and perhaps a songwriter, who still has something stunning to offer.
  6. May 6, 2011
    70
    In the end the record greatly exceeds its perceived strengths, building and out-doing itself over its 40 minutes.
  7. May 6, 2011
    67
    Nom de musique of Julie Ann Baenziger, her Sea of Bees diffuses California pop by turns dreamy and atmospheric – folky – and perhaps even a bit precious.
  8. May 6, 2011
    60
    It's a lovely sound, and a heartfelt one, but not always as affecting as it might be.
  9. May 6, 2011
    60
    Overall, the compelling outweighs the tedious.
  10. May 6, 2011
    60
    The lo-fi production often makes Baenziger's laments hard to decipher, but her delicate voice drips with a heartache and loneliness that makes the tunes hard to resist.
  11. May 6, 2011
    40
    With greater vision Sea of Bees may one day become a more substantial proposition, but for now Julie Ann Baenziger's solo project barely papers over the cracks.
  12. 40
    In the sense of everything common and respectively boring, the majority of Songs for the Ravens doesn't pull off anything new and exciting.

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