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. Apr 9, 2012
    80
    The Cornshed Sisters display moments of Joni Mitchell's exquisite songcraft, the choral elegance of The Roches and witty buffoonery of John Grant amalgamating Tell Tales into its own refreshing niche in the ever-expanding folk cartel.
  2. Filled with beguiling close-harmony tunes which wouldn't feel out of place on the Wicker Man soundtrack and sound like venerable trad-arrs but are actually originals.
  3. Apr 26, 2012
    70
    This home-grown loveliness... melts your soul.
  4. Apr 11, 2012
    70
    Telling Tales gladly succumbs to its own whimsy, has no stylistic compass beyond the inherent tones of a female vocal harmony group and is a delightful series of songs that are both beautiful and bizarre.
  5. Apr 17, 2012
    60
    The less mannered material shines brightest. [Apr 2012, p.75]
  6. Apr 13, 2012
    60
    If anything the sisters take too traditional an approach, and where their live shows are freewheeling and fun, Tell Tales sounds mannered and prim. [May 2012, p.95]
  7. 60
    Tell Tales is spirited and theatrical, if not necessarily memorable enough to pass into local lore.
  8. Apr 10, 2012
    60
    They do truly make a beautiful noise together. That said, vocals can't account for everything and, in an album so marked by its makers' laryngeal input, it seems as though the rest got a little neglected.
  9. Apr 9, 2012
    60
    The music – traditional piano and guitars, or a cappella, almost barbershop arrangements – doesn't always match the vim and character of [the songs'] words and voices.

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