"...The last word goes to our good pal and occasional Souldigger Mr Richard Tankard. 'Tank' played the Wheelers Hill gig with us and presented me with a copy of his latest 'Tank Dilemma' album titled 'Having Said That, Let Me Say This'. Well, if you like your music funky, soulful, freaky with a healthy sense of humour this is it. It's all original, all organic drums, bass, keys, a rippin' horn section and awesome guitar from another good buddy of ours, Shannon Bourne. The songs are perfectly arranged for the group and the lyrics range delightfully in all manner of topic from fighting neighbours to disappointing self help books and yeah, even some of that 'lurve' stuff. It's an outrageously great album, I love it. Check out 'Tank Dilemma...'. - Geoff Achison
“… inventive music and energetic performances…Tank Dilemma has a vibrancy and enthusiasm that does justice to the great songs he has written for it…the band always sounds great. Tank never fails to inspire.”
Derek Guille, ABC
“...and now for something completely different – the very fabulous Mr Richard Tankard from sunny Warrnambool here in Victoria...
This CD hits you full in the face with the force of the songs, musicianship and production - all killer, no filler here folks... this is just damn fine music.“Having Said That...” is very smart, sophisticated music that is highly enjoyable to listen to and, in places, sing along to (as in track 4 “Like to Like”). It moves and grooves along in a very classy and up tempo manner, and would not be out of place at your next party. I like all the tracks on this CD but a couple come to mind as my faves – track 6 “Are You Lonely” and track 9, the fast and sassy “I Ain’t Missing You”. Grab this one guys, it’s terrific...”
MBAS Bluesletter Jan 2014
“TIME will tell, but I think TD's third album might be their best yet. It's their typical blend of funk, soul, pop and jazz which is always excellent but it's got added spark and polish in its sound (courtesy of drummer/engineer Brenton Smith and frontman/producer Richard Tankard), vitality in the playing (with guitarist Shannon Bourne a welcome addition), and Tankard's at the top of his game as a songwriter. With tracks like the retrenchment stomper Handshake Made Of Gold, funky Facebook-inspired crowd favourite Like To Like, the wry slink of Neighbours Fight, a pacy revisit of early turn I Ain't Missin' You, and the standout Self Help Book Is Broken, this is not just a great TD album, but one of those killer local records that holds their own on a national scale.”
"Richard ( the Tank ) is a natural. He's a wonderful singer and writes about where he lives. In other words he's real. Tank Dilemma are an interesting group for a few reasons. They are involved in music and not fashion. They rock when they have to and they rock hard. They're more the Brecker Brothers than bearded coal miners..."
Broderick Smith, Singer/songwriter, Aria Hall of Fame recipient.
“Alright already! comes out of your speakers with the crisp professionalism and spotless production values of a contemporary roots/blues release from the USA: hearing lyrical references to the West Gate Bridge, the Bay of Martyrs, spotting whales in Warrnambool & such only confirms the feeling that Tankard's not actually trying to sound like anyone else, he just happens to have a very tight band and can write excellent songs that slip and slide between contemporary rock, soul, blues, jazz and that rootsy genre one could only label as 'Australian front bar'.
Tankard is no tinkler on the keys - take equal parts Jimmy Smith organ, Stevie Wonder funk keyboard and driving piano, shake liberally, pour some brass over a rock solid rhythm section and drink in the results.
Stand out tracks include the hard funk of The Incident, driving, brassy blues Get Out Of My House and the leisurely groove of Walkin' Round the Bay - there's no dull points on this album..."”
The Backyard - ABC Radio Online
“…takes what’s best in Australian writing, in the tradition of Don Walker and Paul Kelly. A great record ... Great Ocean Views (from 'Alright Already') stands amongst the best of Australian writing”
Coodabeen Champions' Saturday Soiree 774
“...Tankard has used the recording studio to craft a different side. Extra harmonies, thoughtful arrangements, a few guitars, & the odd Pink Floyd noise adds additional dimensions to what are already great songs.Tankard's influences shine through, whether it be Joe Jackson, Harry Connick Jr, Stevie Wonder or even Yes, but they never overwhelm is knack for writing familiar-sounding but original songs such as the soulful He Who Hesitates, the plaintively sweet Are You Just Wasting Time & the super-funky Way It's Always Been. There's some great variation on the album including the gentle sax number Song For Braddles, although some people may get wierded out by the spectacular psychedelic slog of Otherside & the wacky Set The Agenda Brenda does seem a little out of place on the record.But it all shows the many sides of Tank and his talented Dilemma, & with gems like the title track&piece de resistance of Lovesong, it's hard to go past what is one of the best albums ever made in Warrnambool”
The Standard - Inner Soul (review)