“Review of Big Ship / Great Wide Open: "…if the couple of tracks here are anything to go by it could be worth a purchase. Comparisons with the likes of Enya are easy, but with a bit more adventure and energy, maybe. Lindsey certainly has a voice to intrigue and although today’s charts are an unlikely bed fellow, BBC Radio 2 ought to open their ears to her!" ”
"Music critics have never ever just written what they personally think of an album. Lurking behind every sentence is always a judgement about the artist's career prospects. The difference between now and the hey-day of the music press thirty years ago is that success then was thought to be determined by artistic quality, now it's more about marketability. But I refuse to play that game and I don't care whether singer Lindsey Mackie is ready to be the next Florence and the Machine or Lady Gaga or not. Written, played and produced by Lindsey, who is originally from Wetherby, and husband Dave Mackie, Plaques & Tangles is simply a very good album, no more, no less. Big sounding, warmly melodic, and keyboard driven, Mackie, who is also a published author, lives at the ethereal end of the 80s-influenced pop. Songs build slowly with patience and sophistication but the synths always swell until the tune and Lindsey's vocals reach the crest of some emotional and physical vista.
“With a hint of Eurythmics-like soul, Lindsey is more Enya than Kate Bush, more light than shade, though she does share that little girl lost in a magical forest sense of wonder quality of, say, Wuthering Heights. There's not a single bad track here, from atmospheric opener Astrosurf, through recent single Big Ship all the way to the wonderfully, well-rounded closing number All Over Again. With lyrics about landscapes and nature, feminity and motherhood, Lindsey's songs are both grounded and mystical. Dreamy and breathy but always packing a punch, the catchiest chorus on Plaques & Tangles is the stirring English Boy. An album worth paying attention to over a longer period of time than most, my personal preference is for the occasional 'out there' moments. Fortunately the multi-talented Lindsey does me proud on the shape-changing boldy bonkers Warrior Queen which which ends with her ululating for all the world like Kate Bush on her most under-rated album, The Dreaming".”