Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Feb 7, 2013
    Lives is a collection of hopeful, almost wonderstruck looks at the human condition, delivered with enough tasteful and catchy hooks to make it one of the best albums in an already lengthy career from this seasoned indie troubadour.
  2. 70
    While Pond reverts back to his laconic ways toward the album's end, the dazzling tracks leading us to that soft landing make up for the slight regression. [Mar 2013, p.92]
  3. 60
    Most songs comfortably fit into a category I maybe unfairly have in my head called “As heard on The O.C.”
  4. Mar 1, 2013
    The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hands showcases a lighter side of Pond lyrically and musically.
  5. Feb 7, 2013
    A record that reveals a new side of the singer/songwriter that, in fact, is remarkably and comfortingly familiar.
  6. Feb 7, 2013
    Ultimately, The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand is certainly well varnished; the songwriting could have been the thing to use a bit more spit and shine.
  7. Mar 22, 2013
    The record is a cheerless Venn diagram presenting the intersection between mediocrity and blind ambition. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.102]

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