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Nine Times Blue / Press

“Nine Times Blue capably carries on the tradition of power pop, a guitar-driven music that stays in a listener’s mind with Matter of Time. The quartet, named after a Mike Nesmith song, delivers the goods with a fast-paced, extended-play CD of half a dozen songs.”

Tom Wilk - ICON Magazine

“After a solid debut, Kirk Waldrop and the band continue to forge ahead with melodic rock in the tradition of The Gin Blossoms, Fountains of Wayne and Matthew Sweet – heavy on the guitar licks and earnest on the lyrics. The band sounds even tighter here, with a more balanced sound than before. “Falling After You” is a pretty mainstream single that non power-pop fans will gravitate to. “Matter of Time” is the collaboration of Waldrop and Cliff Hillis, but my favorite track here is “Only Lonely (The Shovel Song)” where Kirk has a terrific guitar solo under the chorus. Give it a spin.”

Aaron Kupferberg - Powerpopaholic

“Any band named after a Monkees tune gets major coolness points right off the bat. When the songs are solid and non-cliched, the lead vocals are passionate with just the right balance of grit and sweetness, and the playing is sharp and varied, well, that’s the icing on the cake. Kirk Waldrop writes and sings all six songs on the EP (save for one co-write with fellow pop dude Cliff Hillis) and the results sound to me like a less mannered Darius Rucker fronting a really tight indie pop band. Trust me, it’s a good thing.”

John Borack - Goldmine Magazine

“The band’s new EP, Matter of Time, contains six beautifully crafted, timeless pieces of bass-guitar-drum melodic rock that ends far too quickly.”

Pop That Goes Crunch!

“[Nine Times Blue has] the same DNA as Arizona's Gin Blossoms and they also owe a debt of gratitude to a host of other bands who preceded them including Fountains of Wayne who sound like they've penetrated Waldrop's soul too. This means that music lovers who have an affinity for rock that is straightforward, well sung, well played, and professionally produced have some new stuff to add to their collections.”

Charlie Ricci - Bloggerhythms

“Every so often, a band comes along that figures out how to do pop music right, and their work jumps right into the ear and saturates the brain, waking the heart up, everything coalescing into precisely what this sub-genre of music was intended to do. Ya gotta have progrock, ya hafta have jazz, and you should be into good avant-garde, but you also need great pop, and, that being the case, both of Nine Times Blue's CDs should be in your collection.”

Mark S. Tucker - Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

“Nine Times Blue have created a record that sounds great cranked up on the car stereo. Here’s hoping for a short length of time for their next release.”

Tony Peters - Icon Fetch

“In a world where “melodic” and “rock” rarely come together anymore - there’s Nine Times Blue.”

Tony Peters - Icon Fetch

“If sheer enthusiasm counts for anything at all, then Nine Times Blue could be destined for the top of the charts. And given their radio-ready approach, there certainly is that possibility. Now, with a new EP, aptly entitled Matter of Time (a follow-up to their well-received debut, Falling Slowly), the Atlanta-based band hits another high mark, one which reaffirms their commitment to craft.”

Lee Zimmerman - Blurt Magazine

“Nine Times Blue has been praised for their first album Falling Slowly and they have a contender with this newest release, with their modern sound and great harmony as a band. The songs are catchy, easy to listen to, and the acoustics are just one of the band’s strength as a group as a whole.”

Elizabeth Learned - The Celebrity Cafe

“Each track on the E.P. lights up the day in which the Georgia sunshine is as deep and languishing as the rich heritage of the area, the songs are catchy, instantly likeable and above all written by a band who understand the pleasure it will give to many. Following on from the band’s first release, Falling Slowly, Matter of Time is record in which to collapse into and which will spur even the hardest of deflated spirits.”

“Power pop band Nine Times Blue has just released a six-track EP,Matter of Time. It is the second release from the band, following their impeccable debut, Falling Slowly. The Atlanta-based alternative rock band capture and maintain a modern rock sound rooted in 60s pop songwriting. The result is an infectious experience that combines decades of worthy influences.”

“You can hear many influences at work with the band’s sound (for me it’s easy to hear The Beatles as rethought by Marshall Crenshaw in a Crowded House music video as played-like-crazy by Material Issue), but what matters most is that for all the ear-nostalgia evoked, Nine Times Blue is still an original. They embody the faith that great songwriting is still around.”

“Marrying crisp, radio friendly but thoroughly infectious hook-lines with effective guitar work and a down to earth production, songs such as “Million Miles”, “Fun and Games” and the inspiring title number are the work of songwriting craftsmen. Nine Times Blue are poised to fashion a bright future for themselves.”

“This Georgia-based power pop band bears a certain sonic similarity to the Gin Blossoms, evident on “Falling Slowly” with its tom-to beat and rich backing vocals. That can’t quite putcher finger on it song structure serves Nine Times Blue well.”

“All around, an impressive album from a band that seems to be going places – quickly!”

““Falling Slowly” could be played on rock radio right now, and should be, but it could also have comfortably rested on playlists back in ’94 or ’95.”

“Waldrop’s voice makes him sound like he’s related by blood to Pat DiNinzio, so if you still listen to Green Thoughts or Smithereens 11 once or twice a year, you’ll be happy.”

“A combination of great lyrics…great songwriting…backing vocals and solid musicianship...it will come as no surprise to me if I hear any of their songs on a new hit show.”

“Driven by trade mark jangly guitars, [Nine Times Blue] delivers old style power pop tunes similar to The Connells, Producers and Gin Blossoms while keeping it fresh and new. In today’s musical environment it is refreshing to their music.”

Chris Martin - The Examiner

“With its high energy pop sound, Nine Times Blue’s new album, Falling Slowly, could single-handedly bring about a revival of the alternative rock genre.”

“[Many] bands try but never quite achieve the true power pop sound. Nine Times Blue is one band that gets it right.”

Charleton Post and Courier

“Nine Times Blue have released a fine debut album… It’s a perfect album for the car stereo system and dance floor. A guaranteed chart climber [with] a classic pop sound.”

Mark S. Tucker - FAME

“For those who like their power pop with a rockier edge, although that said, there are enough jangly guitars and melodies for this to sit comfortably in anyones collection.”

Ice Cream Man, Power Pop and More (Ding Ding!)

“Delivers classic sounds evoking thoughts of the classic era of Power Pop, whilst also conveying a sound and style which is very much in the now.”

Ice Cream Man, Power Pop and More (Ding Ding!)

“I could sworn it was the Goo Goo Dolls or The Gin Blossoms. It’s rock with a high jangle content and familiarity.”

Power Popaholic

“Modern, mature, rock/power-pop...in cahoots with the Matthew Sweet/Fountains of Wayne/Crowded House/Gin Blossoms/Jellyfish school of Beatlesesque guitar groups.”

Jack Rabid - Big Takeover

“Great songwriting talent with a distinctive, unique voice. It's new and fresh, but with a hint of "Have I heard this before?" A great combination that draws you in.”

Bryan Holmes (The Producers)

“Waldrop ingeniously models his catchy writing style and jangly rock arrangements after seminal powerpop influences Squeeze, The Smithereens and The Gin Blossoms, while craftily infusing his radio-friendly originals with a more cutting edge plushness that renders them newly germane.”

“The title track,“Falling Slowly,” jumps out of the speakers, sounding like a lost track off of New Miserable Experience from the Gin Blossoms. When the music breaks down at 3:06 for a brief acapella moment - it will give you chills.”

“The album is full of big drums, jangly guitars, and killer hooks that will have you singing along immediately. In this age of single downloads, it’s great to hear an entire album of great songs, and actual guitar solos too! Anyone who’s a fan of melodic rock will find plenty to like about Nine Times Blue.”

“When was the last time you had your spirits lifted by a power pop group you've never heard of and kept coming back to its disc because it sounds so fresh and invigorating? This debut album from an Atlanta-based rock quartet, Nine Times Blue, hooks listeners with its great rhythms, intriguing lyrics, vocals, and foot-stompin' melodies.”

Tom Henry - Toledo Blade

“The Smithereens, Matchbox Twenty, Gin Blossoms all immediately come to mind within the first few notes. And, you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that at all. These are great songs that make you want to sing along with them over and over and show that this band has the chops to deliver not only a great record but a promising future. So, do yourself a favor and track down Nine Times Blue’s Falling Slowly. Your ears will thank you”

Brett Bickley - HonestTune

“Like most people, I compare music I’ve never heard before to stuff I already know, and I very nearly get the same vibe from Nine Times Blue overall that I get from Sister Hazel’s Strange Cup Of Tea off of 2000’s Fortress. That makes this a winner in my books.”

Gonzo Online (Toronto, Canada)

“[Nine Times Blue] serves up a pleasing mix of memorable melodies and heartfelt lyrics that recalls the work of Crowded House, the Gin Blossoms and the Smithereens.”

Tom Wilk - Icon Magazine

“Falling Slowly is one of the best albums I've heard from a fledgling outfit in a long, long time.”

Charlie Ricci - BLOGGERYTHMS

“[Nine Times Blue] have developed a sound that channels such artists as The Smithereens and Marshall Crenshaw and in places reminds one of elements of The Squeeze and the Gin Blossoms. The first full-length album by Nine Times Blue proves that power pop is alive and well in the Atlanta area."”