Writing for Allmusic, music critic William Ruhlman wrote of the album "Brown presents several "notebook songs," i.e., songs he has written recently in a notebook and not performed before. Not surprisingly, given the forum, he makes frequent references to Michigan and to environmental concerns, among other political issues." Steve Horowitz of PopMatters wrote the album " It's a typical Brown show. His low, rumbling voice exudes cool as he offers personal, matter-of-fact observations about life... He leads with his heart and lets his head follow."