Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
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  1. Uncut
    Mar 20, 2012
    Mitch Ryder here astutely merges heartbreaking social realism with accomplished, funky Motown/James Brown grooves. [Mar 2012, p.97]
  2. Mar 20, 2012
    Ultimately The Promise doesn't point toward the future, but it does deliver fulfillment abundantly, from the place things really are, showcasing a confident, relevant, singer and songwriter.
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    It's not a masterpiece or a groundbreaking new direction musically, just an hour of mostly solid rock 'n' roll.
  4. Mar 20, 2012
    With a sympathetic producer in Don Was, who worked with Ryder in the 1990s with his own Motor City band Was (Not Was), Ryder is able to make a late-career statement that stands tall alongside anything he's ever done.

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