“Deceptively literate and cool films of romance on all the wrong sides of town...make it recommended listening for anyone who misses the alt-country heyday of the Backsliders and Whiskeytown”
“At a time when so many bands are busy dicking around with art school interpretations of roots music, trying to reinvent the wheelbarrow and create an avant-garde Americana revolution, it’s refreshing to hear American Aquarium throw a fastball right down the middle. ”
“All in all, if you’re going to buy ten albums this year, make damn sure that [Small Town Hymns] is one of them. I’ve had it on repeat for the past two weeks and I hear something new every time I listen to it.”
“Small Town Hymns finds American Aquarium beginning to settle into their sound, while pulling back on the guitars and tempos, evoking both late-night alt-country reflection and sparser, slow-burn rock amble. ”
“Whiskeytown’s heir apparent, with a faster pulse and a sense of humor ”
"hard-nosed, soft-hearted country-founded rock pushed down the road by a driving rhythm section and an acoustic guitar's unrepentant major chords but guided to safety by expansive lovelorn narratives"
"think Springsteen teaming up with Whiskeytown"
"The hardest working band in the South"
"..they’ve become one of the most entertaining acts in the Carolinas, letting the raucous alt-country rock ring."
"this is what the Boss would've sounded like in his early years, if he were raised in North Carolina instead of Jersey."
"B.J. Barham is a sort of post-Ryan Adams Raleigh songwriter to watch."