• Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Feb 19, 2002

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. An album which feels like a hand-me-down from a ghost.
  2. What sets Beautysleep apart from any of her previous records is that her voice is front and center, and stronger than ever.
  3. 80
    May well be Donelly's definitive post-Belly work.
  4. Uncut
    A wicked, weathered stream of sinewy, shadowy songs. [Mar 2002, p.102]
  5. At times strong, at other times vulnerable, and invariably honest, Donelly both affirms and fulfills the promise of her songwriting talent with Beauty Sleep.
  6. Donelly focuses on tunes that enter your head with a determination to stay for the long term.
  7. Beautysleep's weakness is that so many songs are pretty instead of awe-inspiring-- that she gives us only a little greatness.
  8. Blender
    Donelly shows more confidence in her dreaminess than ever. [Apr/May 2002, p.113]
  9. Mojo
    A few tracks sound blunt and under-realised, but mostly this is the sound of a champion artist getting good again. [Mar 2002, p.116]
  10. Beautysleep veers from the exquisite (Keeping You) to the frustratingly bland (Moonbeam Monkey), with single The Storm the main highlight.
  11. Alternative Press
    An album full of songs so lethargic, it sounds like it needs a nap halfway through. [Apr 2002, p.71]
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PennyTVGohome
    Feb 20, 2002
    I love it!