The Gate - Kurt Elling
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 14, 2011
    80
    The Gate is an impeccably stylish album that coaxes jazz from unusual sources.
  2. Mar 14, 2011
    80
    The Gate presents Elling at the top of his game; it is a song cycle that is mesmerizing and mysterious as it is provocative and compelling.
  3. Mar 14, 2011
    80
    The Gate is fresh but still swinging, pop but plenty-plenty jazz. It is, if you will, Kurt Elling Plus, which seems like a good value in any economy.
  4. Mar 14, 2011
    70
    It goes beyond technically supreme homages into the realms of risk-taking and unpredictability. The vibe is nevertheless still every bit as cool, relaxed and controlled as might be expected from Elling. Not everything pays off, but Elling is branching out in courageous style.
  5. May 18, 2011
    60
    While The Gate is not as persuasive as 2007's Nightmoves, the good stuff more than makes up for comparatively effortful takes on Stevie Wonder and EW&F material. [Jun 2011, p.105
  6. Mar 16, 2011
    60
    This is an album you admire rather than love.
  7. Despite a version of Earth Wind & Fire's "After The Love Is Gone" that is so good you can play it for days, this dream-team collaboration between jazz singer Elling and big-time weirdo producer Don Was delivers less than it promises.
  8. Mar 14, 2011
    60
    His improv ingenuity consistently sidesteps cliches, and The Gate is far from a bland set of adult-contemporary classic-pop covers.
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  1. May 23, 2014
    9
    Kurt Elling is without peer as a jazz vocalist. This CD is one of his best efforts. His reworking of "After the Love is Gone" is as moving a ballad as I have ever heard. Full Review »