Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 100
    Stanley's eloquent, understated and unpretentious folk music is more than up to the challenge of finding its place in a world devoted to teen pop and nü-metal.
  2. Stanley proves once again that everything old is new again. Including, of course, himself.
  3. Uncut
    The man is as affecting as ever on this most traditional of collections. [Feb 2003, p.77]
  4. Mojo
    Equal parts fierce and sprightly. Excellent. [Jan 2003, p.93]
  5. Blender
    His voice comes as sharp as a rusty switchblade. [#8, p.125]
  6. Anyone who loved O Brother should find even headier musical pleasures on Ralph Stanley.
  7. Ralph Stanley is an album for those that have already been initiated.
  8. Q Magazine
    Those converted via the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack may find the starkness and religiosity here unpalatable. [Jan 2003, p.123]
  9. Anyone expecting the sharp, high-lonesome sound of "How Mountain Girls Can Love" and "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" may be disappointed at the sound of the septuagenarian's old bones croaking together, but anyone who can appreciate the stark purity of honest American folk music will hold this album close to their hearts.

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  1. har
    Dec 11, 2005
    Dr. Ralph does it again. Amazing!!! He is easily amongst the very best singers in all of bluegrass histoery