"The audience was fully swept up in the soul wayback machine [Reed] and his band constructed ... one look at Reed wailing his guts out and it was clear he meant every note."
"A voice to rival the greats."
"[Reed] is strong and confident...he delivers a classic soul boast without sounding churlish or macho..."
"A belting singer....A call to party like it's 1969."
"[Reed's] blazing soul get[s] the pulse racing and the spirit testifying. The brilliantly nicknamed singer combines the sob of Al Green with the beef of Otis Redding, and boasts a band, The True Loves, who look young enough to be in some emo group but have better taste."
"The truth is in the grooves ... [Reed's song 'The Satisfier'] is the sound that's bulldozed the skeptics - dirty guitar, in-the-pocket rhythm section, goosy organ, rocking call-and-response horns, and backing vocals that out-Ronson Mark Ronson."
"[A] star on the rise ... Reed stunned the crowd [as he] screeched and hollered through a no-holds-barred set of originals that could be easily mistaken for lost Stax classics."
"There are singers who sing and there are singers whose sheer power of expression can knock you off your feet. Eli 'Paperboy' Reed falls firmly into the latter category ... [he] threatens to be one of the defining voices of the year"
"A whole-hearted son of soul ... Amy Winehouse better watch her back."
"Mr. Reed invokes the stylish and muscular R&B of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke with convincing suavity."