Seattle Weekly – December 2007

A few years ago, Neko Case quipped that there needed to be more female singers with full-bodied voices willing to belt it out. Well, Case would certainly be pleased with Washington state native Kristen Ward. Hers is a very rare voice, one that No Depression contributor Kurt B. Reighley aptly compared to Christine McVie’s and Linda Ronstadt’s. One might also be inclined to toss Carly Simon into that mix. In short, Ward sounds like the rootsier female singers often heard pumping out of stereo speakers in the 1970s. But for all the ’70s aesthetic, Ward’s band strikes a balance between the ’80s roots pop of Lone Justice and the soggy Northwest twang of Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter. These are songs about love, loss, small towns, and poor decisions.”

Brian J. Barr, Seattle Weekly – Dec. 2007

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