The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Birthright is the album Ulmer should have made years ago. All that matters is that listeners have it now. It's a shining star in his catalog and a chillingly intimate portrait of his expansive vision and singular talent".
^Micallef, Ken (12 2005). "James 'Blood' Ulmer: Blues Album of the Year (Birthright)". Down Beat (Elmhurst, IL: Maher) 72 (12): 62. ISSN0012-5768.Cite uses deprecated parameters (help);Check date values in: |date= (help)