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Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 80
    This is no slavish style bite by Euro pretenders; it's a delectable refiguring.
  2. If you can get past all the arch pretension, When the Deer Wore Blue rewards you with plenty of tunes.
  3. When The Deer peaks with a three-song suite--'Drunkard's Dream,' 'Half Awake, Half Aware,' and 'Angel Of The Bayou'--that maintains a low-burn intensity, stacking up drumrolls and deep twang while moving with a natural force.
  4. Many of the songs are deceptively adorned; in other words, there seems to be a lot more instrumentation than is actually present in tracks. [Fall 2007, p.79]
  5. You have to applaud these guys for jumping out on a limb with this strange trip of a record, but they probably shouldn’t take up the ‘60s-revival cause full time.
  6. When the Deer Wore Blue feels like a safe record. As they play this record too close to the chest songs blend together, needless repetition pervades, and most of the record's latter half is undistinguished.
  7. Songs schizophrenically jump from A to X, from great to merely good, with scant warning or point.
  8. 60
    Scandinavian accents add to the sense of pop era unmoored from its time and place, and reconfigured into one coherent record with cool precision. [Feb 2008, p.78]
  9. It's more tripped-out and druggy, a looser version of the songwriting that gave Skeleton its immediate punch.
  10. Unless you're a diehard retro-rock fan, you might want to leave this figurine in its natural environment: on the shelf.
  11. It’s quite relaxed and pretty overall, but lacks emotional punch.
  12. Any promise it shows [early on], howeever, soon gives way to yet another album of baroque rock and Beach Boys harmonies that strives towards being some lost Brian Wilson opus. [Feb 2008, p.95]

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