The Noise We Make was generally well received by four music critics.
At Christianity Today, Russ Breimeier gave a positive review of the album, stating that "Contrary to other recent worship releases, The Noise We Make is a pretty good album, filled with mostly original praise songs and a few repeats." In addition, Breimeier says that even "Though I can't rave about this first album, The Noise We Make offers enough to pique my interest for future songs and recordings from Chris Tomlin." Mary Brows of Cross Rhythms rated the album nine squares out of ten, writing that "Each song is excellent" because it "powerfully stimulates" her faith and calling it "A must for every CD library!" Also, Brows states that Tomlin's "debut album has a wonderful sound, ranging from intimate worship to vigorous praise, celebration and love to our Creator." At CCM Magazine, Mike Fernandez rated the album three stars out of five, stating that it is "an impressive debut" from Tomlin because it "sonically sounds better with each listen." Furthermore, Fernandez writes that "On The Noise We Make, there are songs to sing along with and there are songs to contemplate." Zik Johnson of The Phantom Tollbooth rated the album four out of five tocks, saying that it is "as a professional, well-produced project suitable for personal worship times and group settings."