“One of the best records of 2009
— Times-Picayune New Orleans
“Southern Soul, with a touch of Blues, at its very best. One of the best albums of 2009 in its genre by a deserving artist.
— Ilpopolodelblues (Italy)
“Real Southern Retro Sounds! A mixture of deep soul, Southern R &B, blues and gospel with Tyrone's soulful vocals….
— Soul Clinic (Japan)
“The A-List of Southern Music
Tuscaloosa (AL) News
“…a great success, moving easily from southern blues to soul….MINDBENDER is exceptional……….
“MINDBENDER is a wonderful surprise…
— Blues &Rhythm Magazine (UK)
“MINDBENDER is a refreshingly vibrant disc of soul and blues…
Jazz & Blues Report
“Brother Tyrone est un remarquable chaunteur soul.”
Soul Bag (France)
“C'est un album magnifique”
ABS Magazine (France)
“Some gems have surfaced in the wake of New Orleans Great Deluge, including this album (MINDBENDER) from one of the city's underground stars, soul-blues singer Tyrone Pollard, aka Brother Tyrone.
“Tyrone has a mellifluos, emotionally rich voice, and his band accompanies him with tatseful, well crafted comping.
Paying tribute to both his New Orleans roots and the deep blues tradition, MINDBENDER (is) a perfect capstone that mines deep feelings yet never abandons musicality or intelligence to make its points.”
“Brother Tyrone, a powerful vocalist in the classic R&B tradition, has come up with an absolute gem in MINDBENDER. The recording sounds like something fresh out of Malaco studios in the mid 1970s; it’s old school, but not retro.
“If You Ain’t Cheating,” is an R&B story song that matches up with the finest moments in the genre’s history.
You need at least two copies of this record, because you’re definitely going to give one to a friend”
“His 2009 MINDBENDER album sounds like a long lost relic pulled from the stacks of a soul club of that era, right next to Johnnie Taylor and O.V. Wright...”
“The difference between Brother Tyrone and Sharon Jones is that the Dap-Kings work to create a moment that never actually existed...Brother Tyrone seems to have emerged from a melting iceberg, ready to make the southern soul of 30-plus years ago without a hint of retro...those who loved Jones' first weekend set need a dose of Tyrone s well.”
“MINDBENDER is an excellent modern set from a name I'm sure we will be hearing more of in the future”
Juke Blues Magazine (UK)
“What was the best album, new or old, that you listened to in 2010?
New Orleans soul-blues singer Brother Tyrone's MINDBENDER contains post-Katrina songs including "If You Ain't Cheatin'," a story of temptation facing a man dislocated from his family, and the darkly humorous "When It's Gone, It's Gone," which follows the flood waters as they rise up a record collection ("there goes Albert King, he's too big too float.")”