Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    An all-round triumph. [Sep 2013, p.90]
  2. Sep 6, 2013
    80
    All in all, Made Up Mind is one of the more intriguing efforts from 2013.
  3. 80
    Here they keep the songs lean, tough and relatively compact, reigning in Trucks’ more expansive slide tendencies in favor of nailing tight, tough arrangements featuring Tedeschi’s gutsy vocals.
  4. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    While they may stretch out for improvisational flights in concert, Made Up Mind is concise and compelling.
  5. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    This 11-piece ensemble of accomplished veterans positively struts on its third LP since forming in 2011. [Sep 2013, p.95]
  6. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    It showcases the strength of an 11-piece band willing to experiment as they assimilate inspirations--from Stax, Muscle Shoals, Motown, Delaney & Bonnie, blues, and jazz--and incorporate their various experiences into a new whole.
  7. There’s singing going on, all right, it sounds lovely, but little is conveyed other than loveliness. However, there’s no arguing with their authenticity or technical excellence.
  8. Aug 20, 2013
    70
    The result is equal parts Stax and Muscle Shoals without the dilution of either.
  9. Aug 20, 2013
    70
    Despite the massed personnel, nothing sounds cluttered or excessive.
  10. Aug 19, 2013
    70
    Made Up Mind is another strong effort from the group headed by Ms. Tedeschi and her husband, the virtuoso blues guitarist Derek Trucks, though not quite as enlivening as its 2011 debut, “Revelator.”
  11. Aug 19, 2013
    65
    Considering the improvisational skill, malleability and performing traditions of the sprawling group, this is just another solid recording on a long, strange evolutionary trip. [No. 101, p.60]
  12. 50
    It feels as if the focus on Made Up Mind was on serving the songs rather than the players, which is understandable, as plenty of guitar heroes make less guitar-centric albums in an effort to prove themselves as more than just a bag of a licks. But, it all just falls a bit flat of what this group is capable of in the right context.

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