Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    Shimmeringly beautiful and richly unpredictable. [Mar 2003, p.92]
  2. She Has No Strings Apollo is, if anything, a portrait of one of the most passionate bands you'll ever hear, at a time when they've fine-tuned their improvisational telepathy.
  3. A darkly shimmering, intensely brooding and exquisitely melancholy trip.
  4. Few bands... make slowing down sound this risky.
  5. Magnet
    80
    More of the same, yes, but riding what sounds like an autumnal rebirth. [#58, p.86]
  6. Mojo
    80
    Thrilling. [May 2003, p.106]
  7. The most eclectic and endearing Dirty Three album in quite some time.
  8. May very well be Dirty Three's greatest accomplishment to date.
  9. The band's tendency to start a song quiet, loose, and lovely and then slowly sweat it into a faster, intensified crescendo is familiar by now, but somehow remains vividly evocative.
  10. Blender
    70
    A raw, passionate record. [#14, p.135]
  11. The Wire
    70
    Downhome and earthy, cut through with sensitivity and intelligence. [#229, p.58]
  12. Q Magazine
    70
    Drummer Jim White and guitarist Mick Turner lend understated support throughout, but it's Ellis's eloquent bow that captivates. [Mar 2003, p.103]
  13. This may not quite live up to 'Ocean Songs', but it still stands up on its own.
  14. Uncut
    70
    Mood-wise it's their bleakest yet. [Mar 2003, p.112]
  15. Though all the elements that make their music great are still present, never do they crystallize and come together quite like they have in the past.
  16. If the arrangements were given as much attention as the astonishing, rich, in-the-same-room production: 9.1
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. AlexM
    Jan 7, 2005
    9
    If you can imagine what the greatest western movie of all time would be like, this would be the soundtrack to it. At least that's what I If you can imagine what the greatest western movie of all time would be like, this would be the soundtrack to it. At least that's what I thought when I listened to it. Another instrumental masterpiece from a beautiful band. Full Review »