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Jared McCloud / Press

“Jared McCloud is that rare thing; an artist that just cannot be compared to any of his contemporaries. His musical spectrum is about as broad as it is possible to be as he encompasses practically every rock sub-genre you can imagine. I would say that he is a talent and that this album is not far off astonishing but that wouldn't even begin to do him justice.”

“It's hard to compare Jared McCloud to any contemporary artists. And that's a good thing. Painful Words Of Loving Grace contains the intricacies and complexities of a seasoned song writer while retaining the pop-catchiness of an accessible rock record. It's clear Jared is shooting for far bigger things. And I would easily say he succeeded. 5 stars. ”

“Imagine for a moment. all of that speaker-blowing intensity turned inward, shredding the artist down till there is nothing lift of him but the purity of his being. That’s what this album is. Painful Words Of Loving Grace is raw and real, you can hear the scrape of flesh across steel and taste the soul of Jared’s passion as he performs. Bold, vulnerable and genuine. Quite a moving experience”

“Judging from his songs, singer/songwriter Jared McCloud is his own man; he has integrity, doesn’t compromise, doesn’t pander, does his best, and that is a stance which should be respected. You don’t see it too often, and when you do, the tunes are often dire. This is far from the case here..”

The Noise

“Jared McCloud, opens up his heart and offers up a lot in this mostly acoustic, solo debut. McCloud's generous gifts as a guitarist and lyricist have earned him comparisons to a young Springsteen. McCloud sings about the yearning that comes from too many wasted opportunities with a sincerity that is... deeply moving.”

“...a strong lyricist and a tremendous guitar player, McCloud shows a lyrical and musical ethic not dissimilar to that of a young Springsteen. He has a talent for capturing moods (NYC Song) and people (St. Catherine's Anthem) in song while holding nothing back.”

“Romance of the Atlantic is a well-produced folk rock album, instrumentation consisting mostly of acoustic guitar... McCloud’s voice reminds me of Dave Pirner, with some snarling Dylan thrown in there somewhere... The winner on this album without a doubt is the first track “Colors,” a solo acoustic song in the elegiac key of Eb with a passionately-sung chorus... these are quality songs.”

Tony Mellor - The Noise

“...McCloud really shines with his new CD Romance of the Atlantic. He brings a clean pure sound with a no B.S. approach to his music that is bound to get you off your seat. To sum it up, this CD is a joy to listen to and really captures the soul. The world needs more musicians like Jared McCloud.”

“Jared McCloud has put together a solid record of heartfelt and emotional acoustic pop tunes that are sung with conviction and honesty. It wasn't until a few hours after listening to it that I realized I was still singing the tunes in my head. That made me realize what a great songwriter he is.”

“McCloud’s genuine feelings are reflected in “Romance of the Atlantic,” and can be widely understood by any artist, or one that knows one... His innocence is refreshing, compared to others who enjoy solely the “perks” of the entertainment business (i.e. groupies and freebies)”

"Jared McCloud is an EXTREMELY gifted songwriter!"

G. Engel, Sling Slang Records

“McCloud's arrangements bolster and color the songs in a way that sounds purposeful and tasteful, and his voice and adept acoustic guitar-playing carry the show. Jared's introspective coffeehouse pop-rock approach is mellow but not limp and his vocal delivery sounds earnest and passionate.”

“When everything clicks, Romance Of The Atlantic has moments of brilliance, and whatever comes next is likely to be even better.”

“Be on the lookout for Jared McCloud!”

Dan Barry - Hartford Advocate

“...McCloud is as competent a guitarist as he is a lyricist. 'Colors' is a great show of his talent as a musician and as a songwriter. It's always refreshing to see an artist who truly believes in his craft. And judging by his new CD and his live show, he has a lot of reason to believe.”

“The album title may ring of a long-lost Indiana Jones movie adventure, but the music is heartfelt folk singer-songwriter tunes that boast radio-and-pub friendly lyrics.”

“A combination of acoustic and light rock, (Romance of the Atlantic) is smooth and soothing... McCloud seems to be directly talking to his audience in sing-song tone, making the listener feel a sense of personalization. The continual sincerity of a starving artist is felt throughout the CD”

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