" This is definitely old school stuff that'll be attracting lots of new ears, as the template for a sound so drenched was almost lost not long ago."
"...With a mix of Memphis and Nawlins running over a patina of soul show band, Merlin has a big dose of Preservation Hall mixed into his personal soul but it’s simmered with a whole lot of other stuff to keep this on the far side of old timey...
" After hearing "Alchemy Of Soul" and the incendiary groove it sets up, we guarantee you'll be up and dancing at the first note!"
"Alchemy of Soul is a delightful disc that will bring to mind those heady days of the 70’s, when funk and soul ruled supreme on the airwaves. If you remember those days fondly, you owe it to yourself to check out this album."
““Whatever they are doing, they need to keep it up because they have a superb sound and create really impressive music. If you like jazzy, funky stuff with great vocals, keys and horns then do not miss this CD; Jacob Merlin is a man on a mystical mission of musical wizardry!””
““… a fiery funk-fueled rampage anchored by Merlin’s hard rock honky-tonk piano playing and gritty tenor.””