**** (4 stars)

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

Dead center of this smartly lo-fi  and deftly organized mangle of pop, tough blues and ragtime folk is producer Rob Halverson, from Austin Texas. Tom Waits and Frank Zappa haunt the mixes, and gospel women’s backups smooth the serrated edges of Halverson's swamp blues voice. Inventive, eccentric but dusted all over with sepia-toned authenticity......Rolling Stone Magazine...(reviewing "Little Whirled of Sound")

...Halverson is some manner of local, ultra-low profile musical mad-scientist, and when he brings his work out into the open, a celebration ensues. The music is a well-ordered jumble of all the traceable traits that make up the wonderful mutt called American music, ranging from smoky barroom blues delivered in growl to straight-up gospel songs to new twists on gypsy-flavored pop tunes and everything in between.....Christopher Hess, The Austin Chronicle

THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

**** (4 stars)

This Austin, TX producer and multi-instrumentalist has created an astonishingly engaging sound. His songwriting imparts a classic "Where have I heard that before?" feeling with its yearning, unmistakable blend of soul, country and R&B, bringing to mind writers like Donnie Fritts and Steve Young. The band's whole sound is a real grabber, though. A wall of soulful backup singers ride a wave of very loose horns, electric and acoustic guitars, and vintage keyboards, supporting a singer whose cracked dusty voice intones evocatively off center lyrics....Listen-Pick, Spin Magazine

SPIN MAGAZINE

***(3 stars)

**** (4 stars)

**** (4 stars)

"Best Miscellaneous Instrument"............................................................ Austin Chronicle Readers Poll

Best New Local Act" (Robinson Ear Machine)........................................Austin Chronicle Critics Poll

"Best Album of the Year"......................................................................... Austin Chronicle Critics Poll

THE AGE, MELBOURNE

Austin producer Rob Halverson breezed in and out of Melbourne last month, but blew away everyone at the Cornish Arms with his captivating blend of blues, jazz, country, bluegrass opera and ragtime. Like Beck's early material, Halverson's draws on his favorite roots music and moulds them into unique, lo-fi, eclectic pop songs, presenting them in a distinctive Texas songwriter package that recalls Lyle Lovett, Steve Young, Randy Newman and New Orleans performer Corey Harris. Highlights include the yearning tracks Ride the Moon, Light On You and Mastheads, which could have been outtakes from the Stones' Exile on Main Street. There's a lot going on here - strings, horns, theremin and accordion, as well as ``found'' instruments that add to the album's mystery, but Halverson's ear as a producer enables him to blend them beautifully, while still leaving plenty of space.----Patrick Donovan, music editor, THE AGE Melbourne

.. If Beck just went all-the-way-out maybe he'd be playing stuff like this.. The more I listen to this the more it's growing on me....go get it, Now.----Craig New, Revolver Magazine, Sydney, Australia 

DRUM MEDIA MAGAZINE

Now this guy is not your average "blues/roots/America/whatever" type of artist. I mean, he played the theremin on the latest album for a start. Rob Halverson is kind of closer to our Joe Henry end of the spectrum, only he's much more bent, sort of a Captain Beefheart to Frank Zappa perhaps.----Michael Smith, Drum Media Magazine, Sydney, Australia

BERTUS WEEKLY (Holland)

One of the most striking albums of recent months: Lo-Fi, Steamy, languid, American and deeper than the Grand Canyon, this is a tense chain collision of references. With a bizarre mix of Blues, Folk, Gospel and Jazz, and untraceable influences ... rapidly making it into an inevitable cult status....Bertus Magazine, Holland,

REVOLVER MAGAZINE

If you could imagine an eclectic mix of Daniel Lanois and Tom Waits bristling with pop, electronica, gypsy and the blues you would be getting somewhere close to the ballpark which is located in Austin, Texas...This wonderful album contains a multitude of sounds, songs and performers and happily enjoys sitting on the fringe of contemporary music. ----Brianna Twain, Revolver Magazine, Sydney, Australia

"Best Local Show" (Robinson Ear Machine)............................................Austin Chronicle Critics Poll