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  • Summary: This covers album from the former American Music Club leader includes versions of songs by everyone from Culture Club ("Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?") to Glen Campbell ("Gentle on My Mind").
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    He stamps tunes ranging from Culture Club's "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" to Phil Ochs' "Rehearsals for Retirement" with his sad-sack aesthetic--to chilling effect. [17 May 2002, p.78]
  2. Most of its 10 tracks are quiet and winsomely melancholy--Eitzel's dominant mode of expression--and the titular "courage and confidence" has more to do with the pleasure of a singer-songwriter successfully submerging himself in someone else's song.
  3. Mojo
    The perfect vehicle for Eitzel's gorgeous, weary voice and wry, savage humour. [June 2002, p.106]
  4. Blender
    It takes a few listens for Songs to feel more than just odd, but as with most Eitzel projects, its mood lingers like cigar smoke. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.106]
  5. Magnet
    Music, while a pleasant listen, is nowhere near the heartfelt art Eitzel normally blesses us with. [#54, p.86]
  6. Lacking the startling mark of cool-hearted covermongers such as Cat Power and Mark Kozelek, this is still an easeful album of mostly slow-blooded tunes.
  7. Courage and Confidence exhibits practically all of the possible flaws of cover records, and virtually none of the potential pluses.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. HerveB
    Sep 8, 2004
    Nobody does it better! And so different... Who else would have covered Culture Club in such a way?