"Electric-country majesty...when Dawson and Christiansen fly in close
harmony you get a good idea of how Marshall Crenshaw and Lucinda Williams might sound in duet"
Rolling Stone Magazine
"Dolly Varden continues to make pop music that is seductive, transcendent and peerless"
— Harp Magazine
"Within a couple tracks you know you're in the presence of a band at the height of their powers. This is what Gram Parsons called Cosmic American Music, an incongruous melting pot of country, r 'n' b, gospel, and good ol' rock. The best practitioners, like Dolly Varden, transcend their influences to make ingredients we know taste fresh again."
"Although it's tempting to assert that they don't make records like Dolly Varden's 'The Panic Bell' anymore, it's far more accurate to say that they never really did. Led by the founding husband-and-wife, singer/songwriter duo of Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, the group occupies a self-contained musical universe"
"A seamless, breathtaking collection of rock and pop songs that embrace country music's gloriously complex heart without calling into play any of its cultural cliches. 'Forgiven Now' will be the album others point to when talking about Dolly Varden’s contribution to contemporary popular culture. Here is passion and pain, the agony of lust and love, death, determination, and renunciation, all of it on a record, all of it presented with grace, elegance, and verve"
All Music Guide
"Exquisite boy-girl duets and haunting guitar...their sneakily affecting
roots-pop radiates. Their songs are smart, small wonders: poetic, enigmatic and above all, warm."
— The Village Voice