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The Nichols Family Gospel Hour / Press

“Perhaps this isn't an album review. It may be a structured meditation guided by the music. It is what it is. I can't dance to this album. I can feel it. It brings me to a deeper place of hope and humanity in the face of tragedy. David and Darren Nichols have created a beautiful meditation on humanity at the end of time. I'd give it a 10.”

“The touch of genius in this soundtrack is the telling of this narrative as a personal story, and then retelling it -- or deconstructing it -- in reverse. Darren and David Nichols have avoided the well-worn path to Armageddon to explore the humanity at the end of time. He has turned the hackneyed hellfire on itself with the tools of a sympathetic realistic novelist to create a testament to humanity in the context of a prophesied holocaust.”

“An 8.5 out of 10”

“TNFGH is a soundtrack for the end of time in two acts. It wasn't what I expected, and I'm grateful. There are scores of scores for the end taking the easy road playing loud and long as though that were drama. I'm not afraid of the dark, but I'm not that impressed with it either. The big surprise for me is that I love this album. I chose to play it during a date with a girl at my apartment, and the conversation we had was warm and honest at least in part because of the music. I have listened carefully to this album following the story, but that intense listening won't keep the disc on my player. A good soundtrack engenders a quality of thought. In some odd way, I can use this album interchangeably with the soundtrack for "To Kill A Mockingbird" as the dramatic sound of my own inner life.”

“The Sepiachord Engineer is convinced that what we're hearing is a soundtrack to an exorcism. If true it makes the song arrangement (the first six songs are grouped as "The End", the last half as "The Beginning") that much more sinister. ”

“Experimental in its approach and haunting in its delivery, this album sounds a little bit like what a videogame or a film that was recorded from start to finish would sound like. Interludes with sounds of digging, distant voices, and police sirens make sure the album has no opportunity to be monotonous. These guys are quite obviously adept musicians who understand how to write quality songs using violin, piano, and guitar. In the press release we received, band member Darren Nichols comments on their music, saying, "I really have no idea what it is or what genre it would fall under. " And that’s why this album is so damn interesting and great. It seems like they have a story to tell, and the execution is well done.”

“Taken all together if these songs were loud they’d be daunting. But with the mellow approach they’re more intriguing. What we have here is less a collection of songs and more an experience, with it’s closest cousin possibly being Earth’s "Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method". You can feel the ghost of Pink Floyd haunting the edges of the these songs. But the end result isn’t traditional rock. In fact it may be *post* rock. What if you took a great post-rock album like, say, God Speed You! Black Emperor’s "Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven" gave it to a rural rock band and said: "Here, play this."? How would you react if that band SUCCEEDED? The Nichols Family Gospel Hour may be trying to be a "band of no genre" but they may have quietly, discreetly invented one, or at least re-invented one.”