Johnny Loftus of Allmusic rated Bound by Ties of Blood and Affection four stars out of five, stating that "though there isn't much new in the sentiment or songcraft, the message is as relevant as ever, and its delivery system is a raucous, satisfying punk rock megaphone. It's important for Rankin and the lads to carry their torches and set up their soapboxes, since for too many kids, punk means Hot Topic hair gel and black-vinyl spiked wristbands." A Punknews.org review also rated the album four stars out of five, comparing it favorably to the band's previous albums: "While this new album shows characteristics of their past work, it maintains a better flow than Ballads from the Revolution which, while great, portrayed an almost confused band, with songs switching off from super-poppy to hardcore. This album is closer to their last record Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit in the raw-yet-melodic punk style they have settled on, yet this album is higher quality songwriting overall than that previous record. While this does not top their classic A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion, it is definitely near the top of their catalog".