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Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Feb 12, 2014
    80
    It’s a testament to how much Callahan has evolved that an album under his name can exist with his vocals largely absent. The productions have become as much of the imagery as his songwriting.
  2. 80
    At its best, on “Ride My Dub”, “Expanding Dub” and “Call It Dub”, the results offer snatched glimpses of the eternal in the fleeting moment. Even better than its parent album.
  3. Jan 21, 2014
    75
    Though hardly essential for anyone but hardcore fans, it's a solid stab at the subgenre.
  4. Jan 23, 2014
    73
    At its best, Have Fun With God works well as an experiment and as a listening puzzle to work through.
  5. Feb 7, 2014
    70
    Even if Have Fun With God occasionally meanders or strips its source material back a little too far, its value lies in the way it extends the course of Dream River (which itself sounds like a continuation of Callahan's 2011 magnum opus, Apocalypse)
  6. Uncut
    Feb 3, 2014
    70
    [The] mostly instrumental pieces point up the rich musical subtleties and contemplative mellowness of the originals. [Mar 2014, p.72]
  7. Jan 21, 2014
    70
    It makes me want to evaporate the self and distill it just as Callahan distilled Dream River’s eight songs into these new amoeba-fluid, shape-shifting dub versions.
  8. 65
    The end result is an album sure to be a curiosity for fans but likely to be lost on everyone else.
  9. Feb 12, 2014
    60
    Perhaps the most that can be said for Have Fun With God is that it is reverent of its exceptional source material.
  10. Feb 5, 2014
    60
    If you want to hear the emphasis of some of Callahan’s most satisfyingly minimalist lyrics shift slightly in this foreign landscape, this is a keeper. Otherwise, it’s merely a cool, respectful diversion that’s way better in practice than it looks on paper.
  11. The Wire
    Jan 30, 2014
    60
    As it is, Have Fun With God is never less than listenable but seldom more than vaguely pleasant. [Feb 2014, p.44]
  12. Jan 23, 2014
    60
    As a standalone album, Have Fun With God doesn't totally compel--but as a companion to its source material, it's fascinating.
  13. Jan 21, 2014
    60
    While much of Have Fun with God will be reserved for Smog and Callahan superfans, or those who loved Dream River so deeply they'd need to hear it in dub, casual listeners will find something to ponder in the mumbling percussion, deep basslines, and scattershot echo vocals of tunes like "Expanding Dub."
  14. Jan 31, 2014
    50
    On its own, it’s an interesting album that becomes torpid much too often. But when compared to Dream River, it completely crumbles.
  15. 42
    Have Fun With God has greatest potential as nap music on long bus rides, but is otherwise only listenable in the context of its source material.
  16. Jan 21, 2014
    40
    Compared to Dream River, Have Fun with God sounds like a featureless expanse of echoing congas, with the artist occasionally rising from the depths to sing something that doesn't make sense.

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