The Little Willies - The Little Willies
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 80
    Mostly loose and warm more than heart-stopping. [Apr 2006, p.104]
  2. Maybe this isn't a major record, but it's thoroughly likeable record that doesn't lose its charm on repeated plays.
  3. 70
    From start to finish it's an anti-diva joy. [Apr 2006, p.110]
  4. Their debut has the same easy charm and command of pre-rock pop as Jones' albums, only with less depth and more pedal steel.
  5. There will no doubt be finer country albums released this year, but there may not be one as irresistible as this one.
  6. In the studio, Jones and musical friends... distill the fun, down-to-earth spirit of their live shows. [11 Mar 2006]
  7. 60
    [Has] a relaxed good humor and a genuine feel for the pulse of Western swing. [Apr 2006, p.114]
  8. Pleasant but unremarkable. [Apr 2006, p.116]
  9. The professionalism behind these country-lite treatments keeps the band from sounding as relaxed and spontaneous as they apparently do live.
  10. Overall, what I hear on this record is a bunch of good musicians all collectively holding themselves back, nobody wanting to screw up the sweet deal that is a Norah Jones affiliation with too much daring or grandstanding.
  11. "The Little Willies" is several notches above a living-room jam. It is rehearsed, flowing, expertly produced. But it is still an album that has been hanging around the house all day in its sweatpants. [6 Mar 2006]
  12. For all their individual talents and collective intentions, The Little Willies just don't measure up to the greats they invoke.

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