Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Real Desire' echoes Tommy James and the Shondells' 'Crimson and Clover,' complete with droning bass and billowing organs."
Spin (p.77) - "'Heartbroken, in Disrepair' throbs like ZZ Top on a lo-fi bender....'When I Left the Room' is a slow-burner of barn-burning proportions."
Alternative Press (p.112) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Auerbach moves flawlessly through all of his favorite frames of reference, from the Kinks-gone-psychedelic riffs of 'Heartbroken, In Disrepair' to the Stooge-rocking swagger of 'Street Walkin'."
Billboard - "Auerbach's voice sounds ancient, lifted from a thriftstore 78, his guitar moaning like a ghost."
Q (Magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[D]elivered in Auerbach's peerless blues holler and accompanied by a rhythmic thump, these slow-rolling tales of bad moons, black dogs and night fevers achieve a natural-born boogie"
Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's atmosphere -- brooding, close -- that holds it all together....'Heartbroken, In Disrepair' is expansive psychedelic rock with the kind of reverb-soaked guitar line Johnny Marr might have come up with."
Pitchfork (Website) - "There are plenty of new song shapes and sound textures here, from the softly strummed opener 'Trouble Weighs a Ton' to the brief din of 'Because I Should' to the Smithsy guitar on 'Heartbroken, in Disrepair."