Rolling Stone (p.69) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The greater, constant lift is in the album's earthy-R&B roll..."
Q (Magazine) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he music is fabulous, a sublime pulse of Hammond organ, trombone and piano."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] return to 'classic' form....This is a deeper subtler exploration."
Paste (magazine) - "'Born To Sing' holds to the live, piano bar feel. Its horns and keys juggle Van's beautiful, indecipherable hollering."