Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. Dec 2, 2014
    80
    Stripped-down and intimate, Other People’s Songs is a gorgeous collection of punk favorites that, when paired with Kinsella’s relaxed tone and restrained strums, take on a fresh and organic feel.
  2. Alternative Press
    Dec 1, 2014
    80
    It's only the countrified twang of the Promise Ring's "Forget Me"--which should be the most emo song here--that doesn't really work. Everything else is delightful and, naturally, delightfully sad. [Jan 2015, p.94]
  3. Dec 1, 2014
    80
    Like the best of any collections of covers, Other People's Songs offers a completely unexpected perspective and at the same time makes us want to revisit the original versions and investigate the differences.
  4. 75
    Each of its eight tracks--most of them gems from punk stalwarts such as Against Me! and Smoking Popes--use solo-Kinsella’s musical tricks to convert aggression into snow-sprinkled majesty, revealing a tenderness and surreal imagery that weren’t as apparent in the original versions.
  5. Dec 1, 2014
    75
    Kinsella's intelligent reinterpretations of the works of his contemporaries seem like they might represent a nice point of entry for those ready to delve into his work as Owen.
  6. Dec 9, 2014
    70
    Though the comfort zone is where Owen primarily operates, it is when Other People’s Songs stretches the furthest--as it also does with its fragile declawing of Lungfish’s “Descender”--that it becomes the most rewarding.

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