Album Review Blurbs

We Used to Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River CD 2009

4/5 Sunday Times, 7/10 NME, 4/5 Independent, 4/5 Daily Express

‘Pretty much everything I’ve ever liked about guitar music…sounds perfect; now point me at the back catalogue’ – Word

‘A dreamy, reverb-laden masterpiece’ – 5/5 Sunday Express

‘Vlautin’s gift for observational storytelling helps make this their finest record’ – Mail On Sunday

‘Raw, autobiographical brilliance’ – 5/5 Uncut


Thirteen Cities CD 2007

 “Heartbreakingly great” 7/10 NME

“Quite simply, Vlautin’s one of the most compelling songwriters working today, compared equally to great American novelists like Raymond Carver or John Steinbeck and musicians such as Bruce Springsteen or Tom Waits” The Sun

“Some of the most emotionally sincere music around – aches beautifully with failure” The Observer

“Wiily Vlautin distinguishes himself more and more as a master storyteller with every passing release” The Times

“When it comes to narrative in pop music, I know of no finer exponent now working than Willy Vlautin” **** Mail On Sunday

“Vlautin is nothing less than the Dylan of the dislocated” ****The Independent On Sunday


The Fitzgerald CD 2005

“Musically, the album takes the by-now classic Richmond Fontaine musical template and pretty much eviscerates it, stripping the sound down to its raw essentials.  Another songwriting triumph…mindblowing, absolute perfection” ***** UNCUT – Album of the Month

 “The most beautiful sad album of the year” Q Magazine 4/5
“A worthy companion, to Springsteen’s recent songbook.” THE OBSERVER
Post to Wire CD 2004

  “Uncut’s discovery of the year….Fans of a certain kind of orphaned Americana are likely to fall on Post To Wire like apostles on The Grail. A dark and mesmerising masterpiece, brilliant” UNCUT ALBUM OF THE MONTH Allan Jones

 ”the seasons must have Americana purchases” MOJO

 “Post To Wire emerges somewhere between Gram Parsons’ slide guitar majesty and Lou Reed’s narrated New York. The Characters become your neighbours and the tunes as familiar as friends, making Post To Wire a fabulous addition to the all-too-slim canon of passionate, literary rock’n’roll” 4/5 Stars – Guardian