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"I am pleased to say that your song Too Broke To Fix is my Song Of The Year Award winner. Congratulations!--it's fiery, rockin' and upbeat. So many times, it's been my "go-to" song on my show--it always sounds good, no matter where you put it. It's an inspired performance, and deserves lots of attention. It's an amazing debut, and a great way to serve notice to the world that Crooked Flower has arrived! "

-Mike Lidskin, KUBU 96.5 Sacramento

 

"“Too Broke To Fix” has a cool intro that reminds me a bit of The Kinks. This would fall more in the pop rock scene. I enjoyed the driving jam of guitar and percussion and the echo effect again lends a neat touch. Brings back memories of the early 70’s and 80’s pop rock scenes. Angelina’s vocals are tight and fit well with the tempo. “I was born to be with you” is a great line that sticks with you. This is a song you won’t be able to sit still with, you’ll want to dance for sure."

- Sherryl Craig, Nashville Music Guide

 

 

"''Coming Back' is a soft rock ballad with a bit of ethereal synth for the rock electronic folks. 'Going Down The Highway' is a funky laid-back ditty reminiscent of Bonny Rait with a Kravitz-like beat. "-Jacqueline Smith Auguste, Across The Board

 

 

""Boyfriend" is a quiet, acoustic meditation. It's a song where Dang expresses a desire to make a guy into her boyfriend because, well, she's obsessed with him. It's a pretty and unhurried song about romantic longing."

-Dan MacIntosh, Antimusic

 

"“Boyfriend,” a mellow track that has hints of math rock structures with soft and bubbly tones."
-Grady Owen, Shock Ya!

 

"[Boyfriend is] an acoustic-led ballad of sorts that touches on an entirely different side of the rock spectrum—reminiscent of some of the best alternative songs of the ’90s from some of the most memorable women of the genre."
-Substream

 

"Dang’s seemingly auto-biographical lyrics draw you into her world- taking her lyrics and making them your story. The trippy” Boyfriend”  with it’s lyric, “Won’t you be my boyfriend? I’m obsessed with you”, I mean, come on. Who can’t relate to that longing?"
-Joe Hughes, Alternative Nation

 

""Boyfriend"…channels No Doubt and it's a good sound for them. Stripped back a little with earnest lyrics of longing. This is the best song on the record in my opinion."

-Johnny Taylor, Jr., Now Hear This

 

"“Boyfriend” …mimics The Cranberries and slows it down into an acoustic lyrical spill highlighting the glory days of a relationship that is long over as Angelina attempts to seek closure when it comes to what was and simply no longer is."
-Jessica Golich, Tattoo

 

 

"“Who You Are” reminds me of The Doors in the opening of the song. The deep vibrating bass and guitar rifts. The soft vocals are welcoming and I liked the echo, great touch. The pop feel, the mind-bending poly-chromatic groove is superb."

-Sherryl Craig, Nashville Music Guide

 

 

"Tunnel of Light kicks from the start with a nice bass line that characterizes the song. Angelina’s vocals are intense, smooth, and soulful. The track hearkens to No Doubt blended with Crooked Flower’s progressive rock."
-James Stickling, Artist View

 

 "“Tunnel of Light” …a solid tune, one highlighted by some smoky instrumental work. "
-Bill Kopp, Musoscribe

 

"“Tunnel of Light” is …grittier…the fast tempo of the bass is paired with an unhinged guitar, creating an ethereal-like atmosphere. The band explores different sounds towards the latter half of the song, heightening the established mood…you can easily appreciate the quality and variation of instruments and sounds blended together."
-Bianca Obtinario, The Weekly Spoon

 

"“Tunnel of Light” … has a wonderful driving and kick with smart arrangements and clean production value."
-Grady Owen, Shock Ya!

 

"“Tunnel Of Light” lyrically throws away a subsconscious web of defense when it comes to defending another individual who once served as a source of love as instrumentals that mimic the tranquility throughout “Aqueous Transmission” by Incubus stand out as an album highlight."
-Jessica Golich, Tattoo

 

 

"“Moving On” starts off with a watery effect on the guitars, highly evocative of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter.” … The minor-key midtempo rocking – which unfolds into a heavy stomper mid-song – contrasts greatly with vocals evocative of the 1970s soft-rock monoliths. "
- Bill Kopp, Musoscribe

 

"“Moving On” is arguably the best song off the album. It immediately draws you in with a hypnotizing guitar solo as the electric sound sways back and forth, then leading into an infectious rhythm that captivates you. When Dang’s vocals come in, it flows effortlessly with the instrumentals, never taking charge or being drowned out by them. The short and simplistic lyrics of “Moving On” complements the instrumentals perfectly to create a sexy feel-good tune."
-Bianca Obtinario, The Weekly Spoon

 

"Moving On represents them perfectly and is beautiful in delivery."
-James Stickling, Artist View

 

"The guitar work in “Moving On” is particularly interesting."
- thepaintedman, The Farsighted

 

" On “Moving On”... the multi-faceted Dang playfully delivers lines over a bed of colorful  instrumentation that can be best described as a modern-day mix of surf-rock, reggae, and even some slight nods to country sensibilities all in the form of a musical acid trip."
-Joe Hughes, Alternative Nation

 

"“Moving On” [is] a moody dose of instrumentals that leads into hypnotic vocals from Angelina Dang that carry a sultry and lustful touch that creates the perfect song to heighten the intensity between two lovers."

-Jessica Golich, Tattoo

 

""Moving On" has a certain sex appeal to it."

-Johnny Taylor, Jr., Now Hear This

 

 

"Bells of Brixton is a trip down an instrumental exploration. Clocking in at eleven minutes and fifty seconds, it is a display of electronic and phonic musicianship. "
-James Stickling, Artist View

 

"Crooked Flower shows off their musical abilities most prominently in the last song, “Bells of Brixton.” … instrumental song…showcases their experimental style and expresses themselves in a manner exclusive to them. The keyboard is used heavily in “Bells of Brixton” which induces the feeling of nostalgia, yet remains modern in its unique approach. The song takes you on a vibrant psychedelic trip with its ever-changing rhythms, never stopping for air."
-Bianca Obtinario, The Weekly Spoon

 

"“Bells of Brixton” …is a mysterious minor-chord improvisation that unfolds slowly over its nearly twelve minutes. …Mid-song, the arrangement heads in a reggae-jam direction reminiscent of Ozric Tentacles."
-Bill Kopp, Musoscribe

 

"Bells of Brixton ...[is a] 12 minute track that blends a jam band sensibility with the throwback alternative style of The Cure … It certainly sets a tone of beauty, exploration, and fun for the whole EP.”

-thepaintedman, The Farsighted

 

"The instrumental "Bells of Brixton" has a funky bass groove, yet it also features a choppy, alternative-sounding electric …. The guitar parts do sound especially Robert Smith-ian."
-Dan MacIntosh, Antimusic

 

"“Bells of Brixton” provides a change of pace, an opportunity to display the group’s true capabilities. The track is a potent blend of space rock, jazz-funk, prog rock, and an electronic soundscape. Lasting over 10 minutes, it feels akin to a suite. Imagine a jam band dipped in honey, crunchy distortion, and delay pedals. And the whole time, my attention does not fade. I’m impressed."
-Gabe Kahan, Psychedelic Baby

 

"In “Bells of Brixton,” Crooked Flower shows their ambitions by trying to get your attention as a listener with a big and operatic opening that’s simply too big to ignore. The track is robust with a clear inspiration to Jeff Buckley and The Cure with a healthy dose of 311 and Grateful Dead, as a jam band with elements of funk in a well-structured arrangement of music with layers on top of layers."

-Grady Owen, Shock Ya!

 

"Bells Of Brixton is a near twelve-minute long composition that seems to sum up the entire EP, pulling it away from its wistful energy and towards a more positive light. Overall, it was my favorite track on the EP for its raw jam band sound."
-Robin Hess, Respect My Region

 

"’Bells of Brixton’ is an eleven-minute fifty-second composition that sounds like it takes influences from dub, reggae, and classical music compositions. When I heard it come on, I felt buoyant—as if I were on a boat. Then, as the drums came in, I started to feel concrete under my feet. In my mind, I was in a dive bar on the Lower East Side. People are talking. I can’t make out what they are saying, but they are having a good time. No one seems to be complaining about anything. Finally, it feels like the album has reached its ‘light’ point. Emerging from the darkness, and on the way to reset the programme."
-Richardine Bartee, Grungecake

 

" “Bells of Brixton” finds its grooves, switching between dreampop flourishes, Gilmourian tonework and reggaetón swing…"
-BenJamsToo, The Fried Neckbones

 

"“Bells of Brixton” which is a little long but worth it. It puts them a little more solidly in the category of psychedelic rock but doesn’t lock them in one genre all together. “Bells of Brixton” is more in line with the harder psychedelic mixes. It is filled with mesmerizing guitar and bass grooves as well as clashing cymbals and muddy movements. It takes me back many years. It’s a feel good song filled with a sampling of funky jazz, vivid rock and shows off the true talent in the group."

-Sherryl Craig, Nashville Music Guide

 

"In “Bells of Brixton”, Crooked Flower stir into the hearts of listeners over a slow and smooth atmospheric opening that creates the feeling of being immersed within an enlightening exploration of self that is enveloping in the most constructive way. Notably, Crooked Flower ends the nearly twelve-minute track with a sound that is similar to The Police."
-Jessica Golich, Tattoo

 

 

 

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