Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Uncut
    90
    A beautiful record. [Nov 2003, p.122]
  2. The grim mood and countrified sound of Singing Bones doesn't differ dramatically from the past few Handsome Family albums.
  3. Magnet
    80
    A formidable, spooky album you can lose--or perhaps find--yourself in. [#61, p.97]
  4. Blender
    80
    Their most sure-footedly solemn performances to date. [Nov 2003, p.114]
  5. Mojo
    80
    A ghosts' convention set to music. [Nov 2003, p.130]
  6. Under The Radar
    80
    Brett's arrangements are usually dead-on, emphasizing the acoustic guitar and vocals while accenting with an organ or singing saw. [#5, p.113]
  7. Q Magazine
    80
    This most recalls their masterful Through The Trees, only with pedal steel, banjo, bowed saw and some of their best harmony vocals yet. [Oct 2003, p.104]
  8. This is the band's most beautiful record, an expertly arranged blend of their acoustic old school country augmented by pedal steel guitar and bowed saws and sometimes colored by elements of mariachi, gospel, and rural folk.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 19, 2014
    8
    True Detective! Quite a fascinating album that - as stated in the summary - blends all styles of country/folk with a laconic, yet hypnoticTrue Detective! Quite a fascinating album that - as stated in the summary - blends all styles of country/folk with a laconic, yet hypnotic feel. Not always enjoyable, but always intriguing. Full Review »