Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. There’s no way he sounds 19.
  2. Q Magazine
    80
    Packed with intriguing melodies. [Mar 2005, p.99]
  3. Mojo
    80
    He sings with committed restraint and plays outspoken guitar. [Feb 2005, p.95]
  4. Of course, if you've never particularly liked rickety, no frills, folk albums complete with twanging country guitar solos, banjos, the odd duff note and gloriously lo-fi percussion, then 'Where The Humans Eat' really isn't the record for you.
  5. Uncut
    80
    Rarely has an anachronism sounded so revolutionary. [Mar 2005, p.92]
  6. [Your] chances of finding a more assured and promising debut this year are pretty slim.
  7. Urb
    80
    There is something uniquely authentic about Mason's music. [Mar 2006, p.114]
  8. Filter
    78
    [His] roughhewn compositions shuffle along with a shambolic charm, giving the collection an earthy appeal and conversational warmth. [#16, p.96]
  9. This is the folky, bluesy, jangly-guitar-slinging sound of somebody who has made a practice of walking in boots three sizes too big for so long that they finally fit, and it delivers enough promise to inspire big ideas about what could happen when he outgrows them.
  10. Mason's songs wander from folk to rock and dip their toes into country, but sound fresh, and never boring.
  11. A more immediate, less cerebral album than you'd expect from such a green musician.
  12. What just keeps this album below the level of a new classic, ultimately, are small touches of amateurism.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. DanJ
    May 11, 2005
    9
    This isn't a CD you will like on your first listen, give it a week though and it grows on you in a big way. Best album of 2005 thus far.
  2. Apr 11, 2013
    9
    Some of those songs say relatively deep things about the human lot. I don't remember much of it, but some lyrics like the "we can be strongerSome of those songs say relatively deep things about the human lot. I don't remember much of it, but some lyrics like the "we can be stronger than industry/as long as we realise/that there are things we don't need" etcettera. It's subversive songwriting in a way. Something rare these days. It's so accessible and yet describes a world you will only recognize if you've seen some rather unaccessible parts of life. Full Review »
  3. LukeM
    May 11, 2007
    10
    Out of all the singer-songwriters to appear this year, he towers above the rest. The album is so raw that you feel like he's in your Out of all the singer-songwriters to appear this year, he towers above the rest. The album is so raw that you feel like he's in your room playing just to you. Despite his tender years, he sings with wisdom of a man whose seen it all. Full Review »