Press

CANARY (2011)

  • All Music: ★★★★ “Canary is a true find from a band that’s quietly created one of the most powerful albums of the year.”
  • Paste Magazine: 8.4 “Especially when so many groups are mutating old-time American music into pedestrian pop, Southeast Engine distinguish themselves by gently updating these traditions for the 21st century.”
  • Pitchfork: 7.3 “its attention to detail and local focus make for a singular achievement.”
  • Onion AV Club: B+ “Part wilderness excursion, part history lesson and part revival meeting.”
  • Pop Matters: 8/10 “an album where Southeast Engine brought everything together, never lost control, and never backed off of a hard vision.”
  • NPR – World Cafe: Next: “a historical yet entirely contemporary work.”
  • Blurt: 7/10 “such an engaging band, crafting inspired music such as this, and a lyrical insight as to sweep you up and along with their stories.”
  • American Songwriter: “a grand return to form for the label that helped launch Phosphorescent and Shearwater.”
  • Under the Radar: 7/10 “an album that finally seems to capture the feeling that Southeast Engine has been working toward since they formed.”
  • Magnet Magazine: ”Southeast Engine’s crowning achievement. “
  • No Depression: “sidesteps literary pretension, and is so dense with genuine sentiment and detailed prose throughout the set that it begs for another spin each time it ends.”
  • Ghettoblaster Magazine: 4/5 “even when times seem at their worst, the music is still at its best.”
  • Guerilla Geek: ★★★★ “Southeast Engine accomplishes more than most well-known acts could ever hope for.”
  • Delusions of Adequacy: “incredibly literate, without being pretentious.”
  • Heave Media: 7/10 “an old-time folk band that speaks with a modern tongue.”
  • Hear*ya: ”Canary may be the best album I’ve heard so far this year.”
  • KEXP (Seattle): ”remarkable concept album.”
  • NPR: WXPN: ”It’s one of the best roots-rock albums of 2011 so far.”
  • Tiny Mix Tapes: ”a band deploying their vernacular thoughtfully.”
  • Independent Clauses: ”most enigmatic and intriguing albums I’ve heard in a while.”
  • LA Examiner: ★★★★ - “I have the feeling this album might be one you play for a lot of your friends.”
  • Resident Media Pundit: “best folk album of 2011.”
  • Captain’s Dead: “ill be damned if aint one of the finest records i have heard this year.”
  • Donewaiting: ”just may be the band’s tightest, best albums yet.”
  • The Other Paper (Columbus, OH): ”in the hands of Southeast Engine, the past feels fresh, and the present feels like the past.”
  • City Beat (Cincinnati): ”a sonic scrapbook of the band’s impressive accomplishments to date and a further evolution of its lyrical depth and maturation.”
  • ACRN (Athens, OH): “Canary is about as perfect a slice of Appalachia–and, subsequently, Athens County–as a band can create.”
  • Aquabear Legion: “Southeast Engine finally finds what I think they’ve been looking for.”
  • Alt Ohio: “You will not listen to a better record this year.”
  • Masslive: ”Southeast Engine has hit a home run with its lastest record.”
  • Verbicide: ”a moving portrait of life and a truly brilliant album.”
  • Citizen Dick: ”It’s tough to wrap your brain around the quality of the new Southeast Engine record, Canary.”

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FROM THE FOREST TO THE SEA (2009)

  • Pop Matters – “What could be the first truly outstanding release of 2009.”
  • Coke Machine Glow – “Brilliant.”
  • Paste Magazine – “Sounds so out of time… removed from fads and trends.”
  • Daytrotter – “A unifying sound that is unmistakable and bold.”
  • Jambase – “One hesitates to use ‘masterpiece’… BUT take one listen”
  • The Onion A.V. Club – “Rock ‘n’ roll theater.”
  • River Cities Reader – “A Steinbeck-souled masterpiece of nervous hymns.”
  • Magnet -  “creeps with hints of dark political and religious references disguised in a feel-good, ’60s-inspired chorus shout-along.”
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian – “flush with biblical references and prickling from end-is-nigh jitters, it’s sometimes spooky stuff, simultaneously evoking an era before the arrival of musical recordings and also a post-civilization future.”
  • Salisbury Journal - “The record sounds absolutely wonderful – like something from Big Pink: harmonies, thick glugs of acoustic piano, guitar and the sound of floorboards vibrating the way that rooms are meant to….”
  • Largehearted Boy via Brooklyn Vegan – “LHB’s Interesting CD Releases.”
  • Buddha Den – “Stands as proof positive that the classics never go out of style.”
  • The Other Paper – “Remnant’s pain is our gain.”
  • The Athens NEWS – “Career high.”
  • Razing the Bar – “A wonderful, and wonderfully strange, album.”
  • Mainstream Isn’t So Bad? – “Luckily, I stumbled across another new album.”
  • Columbus Alive! – “As rewarding as anything they’ve released.”
  • JamBase – “A deadlock for my ’09 Best Albums list.”
  • Triangle Music – “A very strong contender for best albums of ’09.”
  • Treble Zine – “Rouses the listener in a way long forgotten.”
  • Tapes on the Floor – “Athens has plenty to be proud of.”