Ms. Holcomb has done something remarkable here: she has created a new American regionalism, spun from many threads --country rock, minimalism, Civil War songs, Baptist hymns, Appalachian folk tunes, even the polytonal music of Charles Ives. The music that results is as elegantly simple as a Shaker quilt, and no less beautiful.
--Mark Dery, The New York Times
...bringing together the disparate terrain of our American musical landscape, from folk tunes to free jazz, with a thin yet haunting voice that evokes the real spirit of country music - the oral tradition.
--Kiki Mason, Vanity Fair
Excellent and baffling, just as it should be.
--Andrew Martin, Q Magazine
...refreshing, gentle, intense, honest, original and just heart-stoppingly beautiful.
Hers is an unsettling, utterly original vision.
(capable of) summing up the monumental in the simplest of terms, willing to challenge our minds, our ears, and our hearts.
Her thoughtful melange, which also takes a shot at balancing city sophistication with rural virtue, conveys a mysterious intimacy.
--Jim Macnie, Musician
Holcomb snatches up the pop song in her long, loving arms and spirits it off on a breathless joyride through places and emotional states that it rarely has reached before.
Holcomb's poetry is expansive, her voice tart and sensuous, her piano playing spare, her vision of America as deep as anything you'll encounter in popular music.
Jory Farr, The Press-Enterprise
Achingly painful and suddenly tender, Robin Holcomb's songs mirror a beguiling, bewildering world.
--Wif Stegner, Rolling Stone
...one of the most distinctive voices in pop music.
--Michael Ross, Stereophile
A wordsmith riveted by life's momentary and private revelations, she is a wise and worldly mystic in the vein of Emily Dickinson, and her jazz-inflected singing is as knowing and supple as her lyrics.
--Paul Evans, Rolling Stone
Satie goes to Appalachia, Morricone goes to the Knitting Factory, and you, dear art-folk fan, die and go to heaven.