"3 1/2 out of 4 Stars. Jeff Tweedy and Josh Ritter are among the names dropped on the Nashvillian's latest bio — and fittingly so, it turns out, as Ellsworth shares their knack for twisting old-soul sensibilities into unmistakably modern tunes..."
"...Ellsworth's keen ear and unflagging tenacity have now landed him among Nashville's short list of indie artists most likely to become super-stars...Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes is a superb record."
"...There's the punchy piano work and light soul vocal inflections of classic Elton John, but it's charged with the sort of funky snap and schoolyard melodies that currently light up VH1's Top 20."
"Whether Ellsworth garners extra attention with the Great Lakes or remains unsigned and undersung, he has put his best foot forward here with an EP that offers much to listen to and learn from."