The Promise


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.
  5. 60
    While it's not in the vein of his riveting, pulsating classics, it's a tough, often lyrically reflective rumination set to no nonsense, simmering, often swampy blues inflected rockers with an undercurrent of taut funk.
  6. Jun 14, 2012
    It's hard to see how The Promise could achieve some sort of musical relevancy.

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