Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. A unified set of shadows, isolated hurt laid out in fine rainy-day garage-demo psychedelia.
  2. The one thing that holds the whole record together stylistically, though, is that Shipping News play Very Serious Rock Music.
  3. Uncut
    Oddly absorbing and surprisingly cohesive. [Apr 2003, p.120]
  4. While there's nothing too stunning to be found on Three-Four, there's also nothing really sub-par.
  5. Q Magazine
    There is a fluid coherence to the project.
  6. There is a successful degree of experimentation on the songs that is not only tolerable but helpful for an act to constantly remain on top of its game and be relevant with fans.
  7. Flirting dangerously with the overly cerebral, the Shipping News somehow manage to isolate (at least a part of) the traumatized heart of enough of these songs to make this collection worthwhile.
  8. Three-Four is simply too filled with excesses and repetitions for its bright moments to add up to a solid album.
  9. 40
    If the listener is patient, and wades through over an hour of mediocrity, there is brightness at the end of the tunnel.

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