Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Aug 1, 2023
    A record that takes the most heartbreaking and difficult subject matter and weaves it into something strangely uplifting.
  2. Jun 1, 2023
    Along with bassist Alan Anton, the band’s lineup has not changed at all since their 1986 debut and, thankfully, though they’ve grown as musicians and songwriters over the decades, the core of the band’s sound is the same as it ever was.
  3. Uncut
    May 31, 2023
    Some of the group's most personal work. [Jul 2023, p.24]
  4. 80
    Another classy, sublime entry in the group’s expansive resume, one that has remarkably few missteps.
  5. Jun 2, 2023
    Fans who have developed a taste for the sweet sadness of the Cowboy Junkies' best work may find Such Ferocious Beauty a bit strong and confrontational for their taste, but that's very much the point of this music; this isn't rooted in solace, but in exorcising the demons that come from losing loved ones, and it's a difficult but eloquent act of public mourning.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    May 31, 2023
    Earns its place. [Jul 2023, p.87]
  7. Mojo
    May 31, 2023
    Margo's deep, stentorian tones have remained almost unchanged since 1986's Whites Off Earth Now!! and Hell Is Real could have graced that LP. Even so, there's real evolution. [Jul 2023, p.84]

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