Upon its release, The Road received generally mixed to positive reviews from most music critics. Rick Florino with Artistdirect rated the album five out of five stars. He praised Lewis' performance, saying "he's a vivid storyteller and brilliant lyricist."  Daryl Addison of Great American Country was positive in saying, "on The Road, Aaron creates a work that honors country tradition while injecting his own soul and experience." Dan MacIntosh of Roughstock.com rated the album four stars, saying, "that it sounds like an honest to goodness country album, start to finish" and that "The Road is positive proof that Aaron Lewis has the musical goods and can most certainly deliver."NoizeNews" rated the album a 9 out of 10 stating, "The Road is a simple album with strong lyrics and instrumentation that highlight the beauty of Aaron Lewis’ voice."
Others were more critical of Lewis' efforts. Alex Beebe with sputnikmusic rated the album "poor" with a one out of five rating. He stated, "Aaron Lewis has created a possible cure for insomnia more than he has an enjoyable album." Gary Suarez of PopMatters gave an average rating of 4 out of 10 rating stating, "Lewis shifts effortlessly from Staind’s emotive construction rock to sincere country on his full-length solo debut The Road. Stephen Thomas Erlewine with AllMusic rated the album 2 out of 5 stars. Erlewine was critical in saying, "his music doesn't have much color; it's by-the-numbers red state country, hitting all of its marks and making no lasting impression."