“Pure shock and awe. Highly Recommended.”
“That once-in-a-lifetime everything-comes-together kind of album; while the songs differ, there's a stylistic and thematic unity that thread each track into one cohesive unit.”
“This album is quite the surprise, and a pleasant one, in that the band sound stays intact while the power is amped up.”
“The ‘fab’ Grip Weeds offer up 17 swirling, slightly trippy sonic land mines that are simultaneously catchy as hell and slightly dangerous... don’t miss this one.”
“From the quiet to the crash and bang, this is a career high achievement that sizzles explosively.”
“With a perfect balance of creamy (and often intricate) vocal harmonies and heavy power chording, the New Jersey group's latest shows that 27 years after their debut, they still have plenty to say musically.”
“...A seventeen-song celebration of beautiful songwriting from four highly gifted players who took the name for this record from a 1968 film starring John Lennon.”
“Strange Change Machine was a hard act to follow, but the band has done it brilliantly. There is so much power here, the recording -- even streamed -- is stunning! Can't wait to get to know it better, but it's made a tremendous First Impression!”
"A fascinating series of dusty gems culled from the trippy center of their minds."
"A delight...twisting, turning and churning with [each] brain-bending measure."
"Soaring, syrup-free harmonies...sashays in on a groove that could get even the staunchest wallflower out on the dance floor."
"The kick, thrill, and immediacy of something new and exciting...That they’re now in the studio recording their next album gives me reason to feel hopeful..."
"Rarely have we heard a collection of rare and unreleased tracks that so closely simulates the sound of a brand new album."
"Strange Change Machine roars to life with an explosion of drum rolls...throbbing guitar delays, ringing major seventh chords, and soaring harmonies are proof once again that The Grip Weeds belong in rock’s pantheon."
“...shimmers with chiming ’60s-style guitars, lush harmonies, and Kurt’s powerhouse drumming, which recalls his primary influence, Keith Moon.”
“...this album should be savored like a fine wine. Yes, five years is a long wait -- but boy was it worth it.”
“Consider it a doubly generous one-two punch for both the ears and the eyes!”
“If there’s one band you can always rely on for a good blast of paisley-pricked power pop, it’s The Grip Weeds. Encore! Encore! Encore!”
“Your Mojo-reading Uncle's perfect gift, sorted.”
“Simply the best Christmas album I have heard. Ever. Tidings of comfort and joy, indeed.”
“Christmas Album of the Year!”
“...a rousing mix of originals and less-than-predictable covers. Heavy, man!”
“Under the Influence of Christmas is that rare holiday album that probably sounds as goodin the summer as it does in December.”
“Their jangly guitars ring like church and sleigh bells, their organ chords glow like an open fire on which chestnuts roast, and their angelic harmonies would make their former choir masters beam with pride. With the Grip Weeds’ trademark sounds so full of holiday spirit and cheer, this record will put anyone who hears it, regardless of religious persuasion or Scrooge-like inclinations, under the influence of Christmas.”
“A double studio album in 2010 certainly conjures up images from a different time in music...The Grip Weeds make a strong case for its continued existence with "Strange Change Machine... Four Stars.” (Goldmine's Pick of The Summer)”
“Brothers Kurt and Rick Reil draw on everyone's favourite 1960s psyche pop bands on their generous double-CD... the final tracks refocus the Weed’s apparently undiminished powers... Three Stars.”
“A full-on guitar attack, timeless harmonies and a real sense of urgency in the playing combine to make it a hugely enjoyable listen.”
“Strange Change Machine represents the band at their peak... and in the future this will always be the album that all of their other recordings are measured by.”
"The fifth Grip Weeds album is a doozy...a fresh take on what those in the know call rock and roll."
"Yes, it’s that good... chock full of nearly-perfect guitar pop that recalls every band you’ve ever loved, without resorting to phony English accents... Get this."
“The natural progression from the Who to the Jam to Oasis”
"The Grip Weeds have a palpable group chemistry that so many bands boast of but so few actually possess."
“Bursting with terrific songs.”
“The sumptuous guitar sounds are the Grip Weeds’ glory...”
“Glistening harmonies, deliciously jangly guitars and tightly constructed songs make [The Grip Weeds] the genuine article in a crowded field of power pop wannabes.”
“Mighty fine trip.”
“This is what Power Pop is all about, people! All hail The Grip Weeds, the God's of Jingle Jangly guitars, sweet hooks, and rockin' rhythms!”