'It would be tempting to describe 'Burnout' as consummate Americana, except that Ox are based in Sudbury, Canada, a technicality that doesn't so much preclude them from that category as make you think twice about what it really is. This seductively world-weary homage to life on the road is communal music that illuminates an idea without glorifying it.' John Sakamoto, Toronto Star 'Anti Hit List', Toronto, September 26th 2009 'Distance has always figured strongly in Ox's music. This is a place where people are always on the move, forever climbing into that beat-up old car and making a go of it. The band dips into a dark space- somewhere within the sad piano of the debut's 'Stolen Car'- but which here is given room on the trippy, hypnotic groan of 'Unknown Legend.' Ox sketches a scene of a long road through the night and an eight-track soundtrack of REO Speedwagon- hope out of reach but not out of mind in a world where the little things- the minute details- matter. And so, 'Burnout' finds Ox on the move, ducking and weaving but never giving up, always fighting through the night and heading for the promise of a new dawn somewhere just over the rise. Another masterful piece of work.' Eden Munro, Vue Weekly, Edmonton, November 19th 2009 'Ox's album "Burnout" is the perfect soundtrack- a blend of alt. Country, folk, psychedelic and the kitchen sink. Ox has crafted a brilliant new album.' Blogger, September 2009 'Strong indie tracks, a bit drowsy in it's delivery and as awkward as it is to say, a "vibe" to the album- you get a bit of Lo Fi indie alt country with the vocals of a Sea Change era Beck. 'Burnout' easily fits into the scene of college radio meets hype machine taste-makers with a DIY feel and lo-fi goodness. Fantastic, and on repeat over here.' You Crazy Dreamers, October 2009 'Very few records are crafted to accentuate the oranges and yellows that grab your eye when the first cold winds hit- and this one is perfectly tailored for those mornings when the sun just just can't warm you enough. Burnout is a record you absorb and fall in love with, not just listen to when the mood feels right. Stolen gear, hangovers, car accidents and the weight of not having a home- you can hear the exhaustion tucked into every line.' Herohill, September 30th 2009 Burnout is a lastingly entertaining outing, mainly due to the originality Ox manages to squeeze out of the somewhat battered and by now formulaic alt-country musical catechism. Their laconic and occasionally darkly humourous lyrical take on the often too-serious musical territory staked out by the likes of The Jayhawks puts them a cut above the rest of the pack. The soulfully idiosyncratic vocal harmonies and smouldering guitar work on the album is a pleasure to listen to and guarantees it's longevity.' Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine, London, October 2009 'Ox continues to offer up surprises. Despite healthy doses of psych and reverb, Burnout veers into the realm of slowcore with whisper-soft drums and feedback-inspired strings before cranking it's way back to mid-tempo bang and twang. This album sees the band's lineup at a studio-cramming high, but the album lives and dies on Mark Browning's crooked croon and inspired pop culture references. Burnout may only offer six new songs, but with material this good, you don't need any more.' Jason Lewis, FFWD Weekly, Calgary, Oct 15th 2009 'Burnout', the 3rd release from Ox, is a fantastic collection of tracks. Mark Browning's husky voice is perfectly suited to the band's acoustic focus- set alongside smooth guitar picking, it creates a wonderfully soulful sound. Check out this band- it's the perfect soundtrack for a midnight drive.' Eleni Armenakis, The Fulchrum, Ottawa, October 22nd 2009 'On their previous efforts Ox appeared to be a lighter version of Neil Young and a less clunky version of Crazy Horse. Here, the impression is of a lazy river meandering along on a sleepy afternoon with the band as dragonflies shimmering just above the surface. The drums crash and whisper, guitars are scrubbed and there are flashes and stabs of inspiration from the electric guitar. At times this recalling the hazy glory of The Grateful Dead. At least three songs here achieve heights many bands can only dream of: 'Your Old Buick' could have come from Richmond Fontaine in a miniature of small town America, bust up cars and drunk driving- 'Speedwagon' is a laid-back reflective paean to 8-track REO Speedwagon and Kiss- 'Burnout' is a tale of rock star ennui. There is much to enjoy and savour here- a minor masterpiece' Paul Kerr, Americana UK, October 26th 2009 'Burnout showcases the unique blend of indie rock, alt-country and Americana that garnered critical praise on Ox's previous two albums but takes the band's dusty soundscapes to the next level. With a more textured and warmer sound that includes elements of psychedelia, drums and reverb soaked guitars, frontman Mark Browning's distinctively warbled vocals and pop culture references. Burnout features only six new tracks and an older one, a reworking of "Miss Idaho," but what the album lacks in quantity of tracks it more than makes up for in quality.' JFelton, The Record Dept, Canada, October 2009 'It's not often that I get my hands on a record by an Ontario band that live beyond the northern edge of the GTA, let alone from the near North of Sudbury, which makes Ox an intriguing prospect. There's a real Northern Ontario element to Ox's music, a quality that matches the rough-hewed edges of the Canadian Shield, broken by pools of placid lakes and spires of mighty trees, but still has a suburban sensibility to it. Driven by passion, the majestic sounding "Unknown Legend", is a song that would be as at home in Wilco's setlist as it would on the Weakerthans- "Your Old Buick", an ode to a rusted-out car, would sound tongue-in-cheek in lesser hands, but Ox turn it into a lament for a bygone time when the road was open with life and all it's possibilities. The album may be called 'Burnout' but, three albums into their career, it looks like Ox are just starting to shine. Quick Before It Melts, USA, November 3rd 2009 'One of our favorite Canadian acts, Ox has added a little psychedelia/freak folk to their alt-country 70's sound. What I've always loved about them is that their songs are like character studies- spinning tales about people slipping through the cracks of life. "Prom Queen" and "Ojibway Diner" are both fantastic tunes that really seep into your being after a few listens. Enjoy this fine record.' Hearya, USA, November 2009 Vancouver alt-country rockers Ox explore their mellower side and indulge in a bit of psychedelia with 'Burnout'. It's laid-back Neil Young-ish roots with a generous side helping of Wilco- but they execute this well-worn formula expertly. Tons of great, dusty guitar tones- it's easy to lose yourself in lead singer Mark Browning's lazy drawl. Benjamin Boles, NOW, Toronto, November 4-11, 2009 'These are some of the best tracks Mark Browning and crew have put on record. Burning and burning out are the predominant themes here, but of course, it wouldn't be an Ox album without songs about cars. This time, we have 'Your Old Buick' and 'Speedwagon' (which is technically about REO Speedwagon, but it takes place in a car). At seven songs this is technically an EP, but it's nearly as satisfying as a full-length. Scott Bryson, Chart Attack, Toronto, November 9th 2009.