“Aloud has been placed on numerous critics’ ‘it’ lists, but Beguiristain says the group’s focus is elsewhere. 'We try not to pay attention to a lot of the critics', he said. 'We’re just trying to make music the way we want to.'”
““Aloud are nothing if not an original sounding band: there’s nothing ‘retro’ about them, even if they use regular instruments for the most part and don’t create all the sounds with a computer program they still crank out some fresh, new material that stands up on its own.””
““Exile is the most sophisticated, experimental album Aloud has recorded… Lovers of layered, lovely old-style pop will enjoy this one.””
““Imagine getting married, selling off all your random material crap, and heading out on tour? Aloud are living the dream. ‘Instead of buying a house, we’re touring cross-country,’ says de la Osa, laughing.””
““…a studied, measured grace is fully explored on tracks that hinge on exposed vocals and carefully crafted lyrics.””
““Keeping with the times, Boston riff-raging quartet Aloud enlisted the help of Kickstarter to fund their third studio album, Exile. With the charitable help of 98 backers, Aloud ringleaders Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain achieved their $5000 donation goal in early August, giving birth to Exile and providing us with the kind of sharp, literary-minded rock passion we’ve come to expect from scene veterans who have little time for trends.””
““The New Aloud – One of New England’s best contemporary bands has somehow managed to get much better over the last year. Songwriting, honest emotional surrender and compelling strong structure are keys to the new songs on Exile””
““String quartets and trumpets and euphoniums … oh, my! Boston’s Aloud is experimenting with all different types of instruments — and doing so with a high regard for songwriting."”
““Everything gets harder, louder, and more intense when Aloud plays live – you think they’re studio stuff is good, you NEED to get your ass down to one of their shows."”
““Beguirstain now gently strums on his guitars and mandolins, and de la Osa demonstrates that her voice is as beautiful as it is raucous. With Exile, Aloud have redefined themselves as a moody and melodic duo.””
“Exile is a slow but powerful burn…. Layers of piano, euphonium, trumpet, and even a string section … create a multitextured template for songs that roam and veer from ruminative (“Burning Bright’’) to strident (“Counterfeit Star’’) to quietly harrowing and haunted (“To Die at Sea’’)....arguably their most expansive, sophisticated, and stylistically diverse work to date.”
“Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain have made a name for themselves with the searing vocals and straight-forward rock efforts of 2008′s Fan The Fury. With Exile… Aloud has delivered a stunning, multifaceted opus, proving that Beguiristain can do more than bust guitar strings and de la Osa is hardly just another girl screaming into a microphone.”
“Exile, the band’s new LP, is dark and densely orchestrated. Acoustic piano and horns cast deep overtones over the traditional rock instruments and lend the songs a weight altogether new to the band…. If this much of a departure in the studio produced such a rich and interesting result, their always-electric live performance will be all the more memorable given the new material.”
"Duo Aloud, with their their melodic songwriting and twin lead vocal-guitar attack, is quickly becoming one of New England's most buzzed-about bands."
"Aloud's "Fan The Fury" updates X's Exene Cervenka and John Doe's dynamically domestic civil war, now spilling into the streets and vice versa, as hyper-aware, media-bombarded harmonies and discord fall into place and fly by, between the sheets and screens."
"Jen de la Osa has some really exceptional pipes, at times forlorn and dreamy like Fiona Apple and at other times roaring like Grace Slick or maybe even a slightly more lilting Janis Joplin. She trades off vocal duties with longtime collaborator Henry Beguirstain who has a more modern rock sound."
"Pure pop for now people. Powered by the twin vocal/guitar attack of Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain, the Boston-based combo Aloud somehow succeeds in uniting chamber pop with rock anthems."
"Like Jefferson Airplane frontwoman Grace Slick, Aloud singer Jen de la Osa chisels every lyric into stone with her powerful, smoky voice. The emotion and strength she exudes with every word made me want to meet her and her band."
"Jen de la Osa sings like Heartless Bastards' Erika Wennerstrom and is nearly as sassy. Henry Beguiristain isn't as endearing, but he sounds greathen the pair interlocks in harmonic bliss. The overall feel comes off much like a slightly bluesy take on the New Pornographers' sugar rush pop..."
"Aloud's musical energy does recall the White Stripes, if only there were two Jacks, no Meg."
“The band’s supporters generally focus on Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain’s vocals, but it’s their shimmering guitar work that gives their voices a platform from which to explode.”
“Aloud brings a strong formula of smart, powerful indie-rock that ranges from slow ballad 'Hard Up In The 2000s' all the way to the pulsing garage-rock tune 'When The Ants Attack The Queen.'”
“The second album from Boston quartet Aloud [is] packed with twentysomething rage, but it also brims with flourishes and crescendos...There’s not much middle ground, and that’s a good thing.”
"[Aloud's] got a solid sound, amazing skill, and enough staying power to keep us enthralled for years to come."
“The joy of rock, the celebration of noise and explosion of spirit and wrap it up into a 2008 package.”
“Last night, I had my first CMJ miracle...”
“Exuding a light-hearted demeanor, it’s clear the four members of Aloud don’t take themselves too seriously, even in light of their successful 2006 full-length album debut, Leave Your Light On...”
“The strength of Aloud’s album is that hard-rocking sounds don’t take away from quality songwriting...”
“Aloud combined the Pretenders’ sass with U2’s sonic fury...”