Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    Worthy of any superlative you can throw its way.
  2. A stunning debut and one of the best records of 2002.
  3. Spartan and unadorned, the naked sincerity of the record is heartbreaking.
  4. Though it is not overtly innovative in its instrumentation or approach, The Creek Drank the Cradle is composed and performed with such an inclusive, intimate voice that the album is extremely accessible, even personal.
  5. [A] seemingly out-of-nowhere collection of quiet masterpieces.
  6. It would be a mistake to call the result "lo-fi": For all the songs' elemental ingredients, Beam is a gifted producer, imbuing The Creek Drank The Cradle with both breeziness and portent, subtlety and simplicity.
  7. The Creek Drank the Cradle is made of small epiphanies.
  8. The ambiguity in the songs adds to their haunting quality.
  9. 80
    Beam's evocation of elemental themes and dramas is too profound and affecting to deny. [Jan 2003, p.92]
  10. The Creek Drank the Cradle is very surreal, mythical, haunting; it creates a mood of warmth and comfort, and makes me feel as if I've been transported to another, far more peaceful plane of existence.
  11. For a plodding, semi-mopey bit of understated blues, it's hard to beat.
  12. An album of quiet, introspective folk music.
  13. An acquired taste. [Mar 2003, p.109]

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