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Spottiswoode & His Enemies / Press

"Nothing short of transportive."

Steve LaBate - Paste Magazine

"One of the half dozen best albums of 2014 so far." (English Dream)

"Great sounding; great arrangements, so many delicious nuances in each track. A gloriously lush album." (English Dream)

"Not only one of the best albums of 2011 but one of the best of the decade." (Wild Goosechase Expedition)

"A showman with the soul of a poet. Spottiswoode, enabled by his diamond sharp Enemies, zeroes in on the truth with wit, heart and humor.

"Nothing short of remarkable and after a dozen or more spins guaranteed on my year-end list of favorite albums.” (Wild Goosechase Expedition)

Jeffrey Sisk - In Tune

"Spottiswoode is a musical tightrope walker, hovering between styles without a safety net. A wordsmith with an immaculate sense of timing, this set of his songs can stand up against Randy Newman and open the ears of fans of Rufus Wainwright." (Piano 45)

"New York-based septet Spottiswoode & His Enemies is a swirling cocktail of indie-rock, folk, country and even big band music. The real entertainment, however, lies in the songs and their clever arrangements." (That's What I Like)

"A pure pleasure!" (Salvation)

Drew Dundon - KMTT, Seattle

“For more than 10 years now, the New York City rock band Spottiswoode and His Enemies have managed to keep performing together. [They] just celebrated their 10th anniversary with a show at Joe's Pub in New York. They also released two albums to commemorate the big occasion: That's What I Like and Salvation. The band recorded 33 songs' worth of material in six days. Jonathan Spottiswoode, the band's leader, joined Susan Stamberg to play a few solo renditions of songs from his catalog. Along the way, he talked about the band's new releases and about trying to make it as a musician.”


Mare Wakefield - Performing Songwriter

““A truly great album. There is an emotional depth past mere melancholy, and the music is sparsely sumptuous. One of the finest albums of any year ” (S&M)”

Jon Worley - Aiding & Abetting

“Seeing what the band is LIVE just totally opened my eyes… you’re an incredible performer.”

"4 STARS! Spottiswoode establishes himself as a creative, mature, unique, and challenging artist. Each track is a mini-movie, splashed with oblique wit, offbeat wordplay, and an artistic integrity that never panders to commercial considerations…A refreshingly unpredictable winding road.” (Building A Road)

Hal Horowitz - All Music Guide

"A stylistic reach broad enough to trigger a wave of flattering Breacht-to-Bowie comparisons." (Spottiswoode & His Enemies)

Mike Joyce - Washington Post

““Genius… astringently morose ballads about love… his deep, rough-hewn voice will make you think of Leonard Cohen.” (Ugly Love)”

John Donohue - The New Yorker