"Organic country…both delicate and edgy… For the lo-fi country enthusiast, the Starlings’ natural charm and raw potential, like the Starlings themselves, are a winning combination. Highly recommended.”
Maverick Magazine (UK)
"The Starlings vocal harmonies, acoustic goodness and sweet blend of folk and country set the stage for the band's storied original songwriting and the compelling presence of vocalist Joy Mills."
KEXP.org, 90.3 Seattle
"Marveling the While is a catchy record; producer Chad Hinman has left almost no room for improvement on the compelling arrangements and crystal-clear production. There is no wandering without purpose and no silence without grace."
Performer Magazine (west coast)
“The Starlings have quietly built a reputation as an authentic and innovative roots-country act. Led by the sterling songwriting of lead vocalist Joy Mills, the quintet has wowed critics and alt-country afficionados alike with earthy, harmony-driven tunes steeped in the traditions of the genre."”
Seven Days (Burlington, VT)
"The Starlings were one of the five best in-store performances we have ever had. Wherever you are, whomever is reading this, go see this band. They are the real thing."
The Record Exchange (Boise, Idaho)
““…fresh and full of brio...(Joy) Mills, one of the best songwriters in the Northwest (or anywhere)...an excellent, vital record.””
"The Starlings, a band buoyed by shimmering vocalist Joy Mills."
"It's rootsy music with a simple beauty. It's a Seattle band with a small-town aura...Mills' timeless, gorgeous voice is the driving force behind the Starlings' twangy serenity...Tom Parker is no slouch, either. When the two harmonize...it's a truly wonderful blend."
"Call it lilt with an edge."
-Leicester Bangs (UK)