Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 17, 2013
    80
    It was written, performed, cut, and mixed with great care, and as such delivers Arthur's creative vision with abundant emotional power.
  2. 80
    The Ballad of Boogie Christ weaves beautiful narratives in and out of folksy numbers and rock songs, adding a layered palette of horn solos and soulful back-up singers.
  3. Jul 17, 2013
    80
    Somewhere between the somber and the swagger are the expansive and loosely-narrative “King of Cleveland” and “Famous Friends Along the Coast,” which both play like cinematic vignettes. Rich with imagery, resonance and hooks, they feel less esoteric than the rest of the album. But these songs are relatable and immediate, and lend a groundedness to the 12-track collection.
  4. 70
    The clunky title track aside, swagger and confidence distinctively enhanced by the likes of Garth Hudson, Joan Wasser, Jim Keltner, JA keeps it all alive and diversely tuneful. [Oct 2013, p.89]
  5. Jul 17, 2013
    70
    Arthur goes at it more heartily than ever on autobiographical treatises like "King Of Cleveland," with a full-blooded band of renowneds and a funk that matches his usual finessed frenzy. [No. 100, p.52]
  6. Jul 17, 2013
    70
    It’s a worthy addition to his discography, but likely not to go down in the upper tier of his best recordings.
  7. Sep 25, 2013
    60
    Bare acoustic tracks with fuller band on upbeat tunes all sung in pleasing, husky tones. [Oct 2013, p.98]

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