The Listener

Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The overall mood is casual, laidback, and relaxed.
  2. Uncut
    40
    At his best he sounds spontaneous, fresh and unexpected. Yet at other times his quirky ideas can sound half-baked and his songs undeveloped. [May 2003, p.102]
  3. Q Magazine
    60
    A limited vocalist,... he's a far better pianist and arranger. [May 2003, p.104]
  4. Too much of The Listener finds Gelb bridging his inspired moments with monotonous jazz piano and dusty crooning.
  5. "The Listener" is a low-key, early morning album, perhaps something Lou Reed would have created had he spent his career playing saloons in Tucson, Ariz.
  6. The Wire
    40
    It all sounds very loose and off the cuff, but any positive sense of spontaneity is sabotaged by a delivery so careless it borders on the sloppy. [#229, p.68]
  7. Opener "Glisten" is anybody's masterpiece.... This instrumental brings so much anticipation to the rest of this record, it's no wonder I'm partly disappointed with The Listener: Gelb can't and doesn't deliver a dozen more songs like "Glisten".

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