Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The album fully delivers on the crackling promise of "Mad World" with an accomplished set of hard-won folk-rock.
  2. Gracious and redemptive, it is a rapt, quiescent masterwork.
  3. Uncut
    80
    Gorgeously warm, forlorn and wounded. [Mar 2004, p.95]
  4. Mojo
    70
    This is an album of winsome alt country charm, like a pleasant cousin of Ryan Adams. [Feb 2004, p.98]
  5. Blender
    60
    He has a dusky, intimate voice and a weakness for overwrought lyrics. [May 2004, p.126]
  6. 60
    Jules’ talents lie closer to the downhome folksiness of Cat Stevens, enlivened by an eye for detail previously thought the sole preserve of Elliott Smith.
  7. Q Magazine
    60
    There's a gnawing gutlessness at work here, which ultimately sells him short. [Feb 2004, p.101]
  8. 'Trading...' may be better than we had any right to expect, but the fact remains that there's nothing here that would've catapulted him to public consciousness were it not for his astuteness and the Donnie Darko connection.
  9. It sounds like he wrote his lyrics by taking random words out of a thesaurus.
  10. It's pleasant, but hardly earth-shattering, not helped by a shortfall of notable tunes.... There's just nothing here that grabs you in the same way that Mad World did.
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  1. EricC
    Mar 20, 2007
    9
    If you're looking for more of Mad World-type bleakness, you'll be disapointed. Otherwise, this is great cd that anyone who If you're looking for more of Mad World-type bleakness, you'll be disapointed. Otherwise, this is great cd that anyone who considers themselves a Cat Stevens or Dylan fan should seek out. There's a reason he's so popular across the Atlantic. Full Review »