“With an ear for melodies and texture, The Pinkerton Raid are capable songwriters. 'A Beautiful World' could be a cut track from U2’s The Joshua Tree. … Constantly building in intensity, “Just a Boy” perfectly contrasts with the opening track, following the slow, almost post-rock build of “A Beautiful World.” … “April Flower” shows off the band’s versatility as songwriters and musicians. … It’s one of the most intimate tracks on the album. The vocal harmonies and instrumental performances remind me of some later Beatles tracks.”
"Their melodies were addicting."
“A hybrid of folk, chamber-pop and chiming indie rock”
“Moody, sometimes meandering folkpop”
"Elements of Americana with atmospheric post-rock sounds with a bit of jazz sprawled amongst it as well. A live act to surely be seen."
"Intriguing lyrics that paint a picture of nature and love with vocal harmonies that fill the air with an ambience second to none. I recommend this album to anyone looking for a quick fix of relaxation and soul searching."
“I can definitely hear [the Fleetwood Mac influence] in especially the way the harmonies are structured, but I can also hear that in your lyrics. Like them, you’re dealing with some pretty complex and a lot of times heavier subject matter, and yet you’re able to sprinkle in just enough sonically and lyrically to also make it a solid pop song.”
“Food and wine, love and sex, God and community, maturity and innocence are all fair game for the Raid’s brand of dreamy jazz-pop. There is a sad, sweet quality to the music that speaks of bitterness and hope.”
"A smoky, gritty tone with catchy melodies and driving rhythms. ... Swampy distortion and rebellious angst ... along with elements of ... indie rock ... like multi-layered instrumentation and harmonies ... hints of hymnic language."
"Ambling pop-rock ... with bouncing piano chords and roughshod bar-rock harmonies. ... Charming."
“The lyrics are intricate with a poetic depth which is matched only by the musical dexterity and versatility of the band. Mirroring the human condition, the music shifts effortlessly from dark and reflective to upbeat.”
“The Pinkerton Raid plays undeniably poppy tunes with a hard edge”
“The excellent 'Piano Queen' slinks and winks ... while 'Life of the Party' adds coed vocals and a layer of lo-fi grit to the classic bounce of early Beatles hits.”
“Exercising the arrangements of a music store's worth of instrumentation, these songs make their way with a lope and a trot, then a stop and a charge.”
“The lush sounds on The Pinkerton Raid's self-titled debut are ... reminiscent of 10,000 Maniacs and ... The National, with a smattering of World Party thrown in.”
“Thought-provoking lyrics and melodic music meet in the middle.”
“slinky, seductive pop-rock”
“Bop-bops and handclaps make ["Life of the Party"] a fun sing-along track ... [and it's] an image of abundance that we desperately need in a world obsessed with scarcity.”
"Atmospheric Americana with hints of smoky jazz and classic psychedelia"