Regarding the new album, ARE WE SURE THE DAWN IS COMING?:

"The stories carry a lot of personal experience and bring a bit of light-hearted cynicism to the telling. Brendan's lyrical flourish (is) something you don't want to miss." -- Twangville


"Vocals with a bitter edge (that) make a big impact. Echoes of Jason Isbell and Justin Townes Earle ... there are hints of the best classic Springsteen in there too. Confessional and well-crafted lyrics make this a must listen for anyone who loves good songwriting. 8/10." -- americana UK


"A deeply personal and poetic narrative. The performances are excellent, and nuanced ... a perfect mix of studio shine and acoustic warmth. Meanwhile Brendan's vocals are honest and soulful. He's smooth when he should be and raw when the song needs it. It's a great sound." -- The Static Dive



Praise for the single, "WE CAN BEAT MERCURY":

"A powerful hook-laden country rocker." -- Beehive Candy


"This is an example of solid country-rock songwriting." -- americana UK


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Of the 2016 album, BRENDAN & THE STRANGEST WAYS:

"Brendan & the Strangest Ways sing with heart and soul on their spirited self-titled debut. Lyrics are pitch perfect as they reveal a keen talent for storytelling. The arrangements are done in just the right way with a fine mixture of Americana, folk, and a little bit of country. Earnest to its very core​ ... tasteful, and infinitely inviting​." -- Skope Magazine




"Dude, what are YOU doing at Pike Place?" -- Emery Carl, fellow busker


"I dunno man, you're a weird guy sometimes." -- Jack Shea, brother