“The Belle Sounds never leave folk too far behind. The brightness of the songs flashes Pop at times but a singer/songwriter production integrity keeps the tunes honest. “The Starry Eyed” lets the vocal guide over a hushed but determined acoustic strum that gives itself up for parade ground drumming and assured electric guitar chords. The Belle Sounds hints at a secret weapon, and the reason why this took on a band feel. The key is in the diversity of the audio; Noelle’s songs change instruments like they were on an audio runway. “Just Like Gold” is a heart thump peppered with notes serving well the darkness of the narrator’s judgments, “When We Were Young” reminisces over a brushed snare shuffle under flugelhorn echoes and “Rockingham Lane” with Noelle’s vocal over the Spector of a timeless rock’n’roll arrangement. A shining moment on The Belle Sounds is the breathy promise to sooth like “Bourbon on Your Lips”, asking only to be held tight “like the belt ”
The Alternate Root
"Revolving around the gorgeous vocals of Noëlle Hampton and her husband, and musical partner André Moran, The Belle Sounds leans toward a harmony-laden folk pop sound with richly melodic songs, all penned by Hampton. Prior to this she had released four solo albums (all with Moran supporting musically), so she has a good track record, and this comes across on a fully-realized and mature album. Produced by multi-instrumentalist Neilson Hubbard in his East Nashville studio, he has given the songs inventive arrangements, most notably "The Starry Eyed", a ballad that invites the dreamers to follow their muse with wondrous harmonies by Charlie Faye and Will Sexton. A delightful collection that grows in stature with each succeeding listen."”
“Husband-and-wife duo Noëlle Hampton and André Moran have put out a debut full-length disc that is quite a polished effort, mixing bits of twee pop with wafts of folk. At their best, they veer toward the indie camp, like on the hooky "Away Away" and the Shins-sounding "When We Were Young".”
Austin Monthly Magazine
“Singer Noelle Hampton and her husband/musical collaborator Andre Moran may have inspired a new twist in producer Neilson Hubbard’s usual MO. Whereas Hubbard, the proprietor of Nashville’s Mr. Lemon’s Studio, generally opts for darker designs, the duo’s approach is anything but, decidedly upbeat and brimming with bubbly enthusiasm. In some cases it takes the form of a propulsive rhythm, as in the case of “Away Away” or “Should Have Been Me,” while at other times – on the songs “Night Owl,” “Cassiopeia” and “Island” in particular — the pace dwindles down to a quiet shuffle or some other form of alluring expression.
While nothing detracts from their agreeable demeanor, the lithe designs could lead some skeptics to dismiss the Belle Sounds as unapologetic pop pundits. On the other hand, they also deserve credit for their instrumental additives. With an impressive backing band that includes Hubbard on bass and keyboards, Evan Hutchings on drums, and Glen Phil”