“ Harlan Flo hail from Chicago and their main strength is the way the vocals of Patrick Dugan and Amanda Riva work and gel together, they also are the bands guitarist's lead and rhythm respectively. I find it impossible to pigeon hole the bands sound as it includes elements of pop, blues, rock and country, album opener 'Land of The Gardens' has a Woodstock style folk/rock vibe, 'Stumble Quick and Run' is at times close to B-52's pop/punk, 'Bittersweet' is perfect light country/rock while 'Shoot the Stars' is slide guitar blues. The band have a fresh bright sound, the playing is excellent, vocals superb and this album is very easy on the ears.”
“Harlan Flo are that rare species, an apparent fiercely independent band (not to be confused with indie) who explore their own unique 'voice' that marks them out as more than merely interesting and certainly different from their peers. 'Strategy' is an album full of well crafted, beautifully delivered songs that make the most of thoughtful arrangements and a crisp production. The 8 track album gradually unravels its inner core via subtle harmony led vocals that wash over tightly wrapped rhythms to colour the songs with funk, blues, country and MOR rock influences. It's an understated style that is given coherence by Patrick Dugan's warm vocals which evoke early career America ('Horse With No Name'). He's joined on the opening 'Land of the Gardens' by the versatile Amanda Riva who cleverly slips between back up singing and full blown duets. 'Strategy' taks us on a mellifluous journey of well crafted, harmony led music that unlike so much contemporary rock beguiles you with its charm rath”
“This Chicago based band features the prominent guitar work of Patrick Dugan and the distinct vocal stylings of Amanda Riva with varied influences between the pair ranging from Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nirvana, Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt. Grooving into their own little musical town with a laid back blues tinged feel on 'Land Of The Gardens', a late '60s, early '70s sort of affair inspirationally speaking, and the influential appeal and vibe of that aformentioned period shines down large on 'Stumble Quick And Run'. The laid back summertime bluesy vocals on title track 'Strategy' and lounge jam instrumentation make you wanna close your weary eyes and almost imagine you've been transported back in time to Haight-Ashbury, the summer of love and all that surrounded that particular movement. The bluegrass tinted 'Bittersweet' is a beautifully crafted tune perfectly mixing Dugan's expressive guitar performance alongside Riva's calming, softened vocal delivery. Some neat, intelli”
“HARLAN FLO from Chicago is a band formed around guitarists/vocalists PATRICK DUGAN and AMANDA RIVA. Musically speaking we can hear a combination of Blues Rock and Classic Rock on their debut album. The vocals are shared by Patrick and Amanda, so we have a male/female vocal driven band here and that gives them a nice diverse approach. The female vocals seem to sound a bit stronger here and actually the music HARLAN FLO is making is timeless, because ever since the 1970s there have been bands out there in the USA playing this music. It is close to Classic Rock, but with a more bluesy touch and also some melodic rock-ish moments too. “Black bridges and bones” is one of the better tracks here, with it’s BLUE OYSTER CULT ish similarities. The production could have been better and the guitar work misses an edgy approach sometimes, but overall a nice album. (7.5/10)”
“Harlan Flo is a dose of down and dirty blues with a classic rock feel, a modern rock edge and some of the hottest vocal harmonies going.”
“Harlan Flo mixes their blues bass with a strong melodic sense, great harmonies and some wicked guitar play. Wheels Of Time is definitely worth a listen or three, but you may not be able to stop there.”
“the vocal trio of Amanda Riva, Sophia Hall and Jenna Liddle provide some of the hottest vocal support east of the Mississippi.”
"Unlike those awkward and painful high school freshman days, this freshman CD from Harlan Flo is cool, confident and no pun intended, flows wonderfully from track to track. Somewhat surprising to hear such relaxed smoothness from such a young band but I like being pleasantly surprised. "
"Two things stand out most. The first is the guitars, which don’t have that aged blues sound, but instead kick out a modern upbeat blues rhythm mixed with some polished funk. And keeping with blues tradition, the guitar solos have plenty of character and voice. "
"The second is the lead vocals, which are delivered steady and soulful, and have an easy laidback appeal like a comfortably worn leather recliner. Adding more substance to the vocal tracks are the sensual and sexy backing vocals. This is a quality sound for a band’s first CD."