Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Alternative Press
    Mascis... provides the most compelling case yet to worship at the altar of his slacker guitar genius. [Jan 2003, p.92]
  2. The results are sure to please longtime fans, while possibly reeling in a few folks who were turned off by the sonic excess of Dinosaur Jr. at their most punishing.
  3. He's singing better than ever--his attenuated Neil Young whine has developed into a deeper, mellower, less distracting instrument--and his arrangements of percussive punch and fuzzy guitar have rarely sounded so effortlessly rocking.
  4. Mascis’ songs are still simple, clever, and catchy.
  5. Spin
    His songwriting is sharper than you might expect. [Dec 2002, p.141]
  6. Mojo
    What keeps him afloat is his unflagging pursuit of a good tune. [Nov 2002, p.102]
  7. The Wire
    After long, lean years of straight edge piety and arthouse restraint, guitar solos that don't hold anything back are as refreshing as they are liberating. [#224, p.56]
  8. Q Magazine
    Adds a touch of wistfulness to his usually slurred vocals. [Nov 2002, p.106]
  9. Uncut
    It's hard to see how much satisfaction this laconic talent must gain from fiddling with a formula he perfected in 1987. [Nov 2002, p.114]
  10. Rolling Stone
    Mascis sounds surprisingly spry here. [14 Nov 2002, p.89]
  11. Blender
    Mascis sticks to his bombastic Dino formula on this record, but he still impresses with anthemic rockers, mellower jams and bluesy numbers that allow his Neil Young-inspired ax to shine. [#11, p.136]
  12. The lyrics to Mascis’ songs no longer resonate.