The Creek Drank The Cradle

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Sep 24, 2002

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. An album of quiet, introspective folk music.
  2. The Creek Drank the Cradle is made of small epiphanies.
  3. A stunning debut and one of the best records of 2002.
  4. The ambiguity in the songs adds to their haunting quality.
  5. 100
    Worthy of any superlative you can throw its way.
  6. Spartan and unadorned, the naked sincerity of the record is heartbreaking.
  7. 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.
  8. [A] seemingly out-of-nowhere collection of quiet masterpieces.
  9. 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.
  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. Q Magazine
    An acquired taste. [Mar 2003, p.109]
  13. Mojo
    Beam's evocation of elemental themes and dramas is too profound and affecting to deny. [Jan 2003, p.92]

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. BrianF.
    Jan 27, 2009
    Simply the best album I have ever owned. Musically gorgeous, lyrically brilliant, and grippingly sincere. Buy this now.
  2. LM
    Jan 20, 2008
    Pretty dull, uninspired lyrics, do your self a favour and get a couple of andrew bird albums instead.
  3. melodyf
    Aug 25, 2006
    my favorite album