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Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
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  1. Sep 15, 2011
    70
    If The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night came out in a year when it seemed like there were even more sensitive folkie records than ever before, it also succeeds more than most of its contemporaries by virtue of its differing reference points.
  2. Guitars jangle, piano keys ripple like they've been recorded from a jaunty saloon session while vocals harmonise and lift the spirit of everything around.
  3. Sep 15, 2011
    70
    While Lortz's body of work as a songwriter has grown larger, The World is Just a Shape to Fill the Night may occupy a spot similar to the one Get Lonely owns in The Mountain Goats' more varied discography.
  4. Sep 15, 2011
    73
    The Night is a record uncomfortable with all the trappings of the corporeal world--time, words, its own skin--and occasionally, improbably, it actually breaks free of them all.
  5. Sep 15, 2011
    70
    Walking that line, between confession and over-sharing, is tough to do, and though Lortz sometimes spills into the latter, it's his willingness to delve into wounds here, rather than coat them with easy sentiments, that makes this record resonate.
  6. Sep 15, 2011
    75
    Lortz obviously has a thing or two about women to get off his chest, and he does it with quiet but intense desperation.

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