Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 18, 2012
    A playful, thoughtful, catchy-as-hell pop record.
  2. Nov 22, 2011
    Ultimately, The Abandoned Lullaby is at least worth hearing for RJD2 fans, although musically it's really only a lateral move.
  3. Oct 21, 2011
    Unquestionably, this is one of the most complete works of music made this year, and absolutely speaks volumes about what cohesiveness and attention to detail can do for a project.
  4. Oct 19, 2011
    It does feel like the melding Icebird does of electronic elements with blues, soul, and rock is a progressive move.
  5. Oct 14, 2011
    RJD2's collaboration with Philly singer Aaron Livingston bears the qualities that have divided the instrumental hip-hop producer's fans since the 2006 misfire The Third Hand -- most prominently, jazz-rock ellipses and thin, expressive vocals (Livingston's are only slightly better than RJ's own efforts).
  6. Oct 14, 2011
    h parties click together because they're willing to let genre be an afterthought, yet they still avoid succumbing to a rootless, stylistically overreaching identity crisis.
  7. 50
    Overall, The Abandoned Lullaby is a texturally interesting marriage of genres, but hardly a unique one. As solid as the music sounds, it's just not special enough to crave, making this collaboration rather forgettable.

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