“Barkan can play with all the tension and expressive dissonance of Neil Young and Crazy Horse with the advantage of being a more sensitive improviser.”
“I’ve been a devoted student of the guitar for twenty years now, so I feel like I can say this with some bit of authority; Scott Barkan is a force to be reckoned with... sophisticated chord voicings, complex finger picking patterns, and a flurry of blues, jazz, and folk inflected riffs performed with a ringing acoustic tone and an undeniable rhythmic drive.”
“On Flightless Bird: "Barkan courageously underplays his expert guitar on this effort. It’s about the songs. The spacious ensemble arrangements foreground Barkan’s dry, intimate vocals: a top crust of curmudgeon that fails to cover the world of feeling underneath."”
"On his new album Flightless Bird he manages to create a set of songs that echo with the restless, free spirit of jazz, but which are also firmly anchored by their Americana roots."
“This is not guitar work like, say, Satriani or Vai, no ruthless flurry of notes here. Rather, a much more restrained and tasteful exploration of the fretboard... It flies in the face of the current crop of popular stuff, speed pop and overproduced chum that currently deadens the airwaves. Well worth hunting out."”