Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
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  1. Nov 12, 2014
    80
    More than once on Allergic to Water, she finds the razor-thin overlap between seemingly incompatible ideas, and claims a position that’s not just clearly stated but tenable.
  2. Magnet
    Nov 12, 2014
    80
    Her vocals throughout the album sound relaxed and carefree, with wordless bridges that convey a giddy exuberance beyond the power of any lyric to convey. [No. 115, p.55]
  3. Nov 12, 2014
    80
    In a catalog that contains over 20 studio albums, Allergic to Water is exemplary for its craft.
  4. Nov 12, 2014
    60
    The thing is, despite the strength of the band (which also includes bassist Todd Sickafoose and guest Ivan Neville), much of the 12-song album feels like filler.
  5. Nov 12, 2014
    40
    “Harder Than It Needs to Be” finds DiFranco hitting her stride, as it optimizes her knack for blending different musical genres—in this case, jazz with country and blues—and for delivering wisdom through clear, no-bullshit vocal inflections. If Allergic to Water had drawn upon these strengths more consistently, the album might have yielded a more delicately handled, astutely observed meditation on social and cultural issues that demand just as much attention now as ever.

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