What The Toll Tells - Two Gallants
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Equally suitable for a Wild West saloon or meth lab. [7 Apr 2006, p.63]
  2. In What The Toll Tells we’ve been served up an In The Aeroplane Over The Sea for ’06 – full of misty-eyed dreams and incredible characters.
  3. The fact they're doing this in their early 20s verges on the astonishing. [Mar 2006, p.111]
  4. If the album has flaws, it has great and unique strengths. Difficult, maybe, but captivating.
  5. Not an album for a sunny day, What the Toll Tells can seem gloomy and filled with shadows.
  6. 78
    Appealingly poetic. [#19, p.99]
  7. Mostly, the duo sounds loose and spontaneous while running through epic, theatrical story-songs.
  8. 70
    The raw poetic facade occasionally cracks, but there is something special here. [Mar 2006, p.88]
  9. Their sophomore album is surprisingly world-weary, but brims with an almost brutal rawness and betrays the pair’s striking talent for storytelling.
  10. 70
    Sure, the stories are worn and the whiskey is cut-rate, but the feeling is real. [#71, p.113]
  11. What The Tale Tells employs stock language to present stock characters going through stock conflicts.
  12. 60
    A sincere winner. [Mar 2006, p.123]
  13. 58
    Until they ditch folksy archaisms... maybe it's best for 'em young indie-blues fellers... [to] work on the good ol'-fashioned songwriting. [Mar 2006, p.95]
  14. This album is so ripe with hubristic self regard and musical monotony that most of its worth gets crossed out.
  15. The quixotic charm wears thin as "Some Slender Rest" dips into lugubrious emo-folk, and the remainder of the album's murdered wives, enraged sheriffs, and luckless roustabouts pile up cartoonishly.
  16. Everything sung here is manufactured to conjure up the same bullshit sense of nostalgia that the band's James Joyce-inspired name is supposed to. [#12, p.93]

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