'I was now able to appreciate the cool, dark rhythms of Now Playing, the creepy Casio effects of It Was All Static and the minor key melodies and the Middle Eastern-sounding scales that permeate the album.' - READ Magazine 'Singer Elaina Azari is completely unintelligible on this record, like Michael Stipe on most of Life's Rich Pageant or a selection of Mazzy Star songs played through a fuzzy radio drifting in a swimming pool...we get all manner of squiggles, samples, and unidentifiable musical instruments running roughshod over the proceedings. . .it's a visceral thrill and a rush of blood to the head...' - Skyscraper, Issue 15, Winter 2004, P. 114 'This is fantastic...the Red Channels offer dark, menacing grooves. . .For 4AD and Mazzy Star lovers! The music is enhanced even further by the wonderfully sultry, dark female vocals. Sexy, beautiful, often catchy...this is so good! Play over and over again!' KZSU, 9/30/2003 'A band and album with a tremendously well-developed and quite particular sound, The Red Channels self-titled effort is a cumbersome fit for the ear, tiptoeing a thin line between the beautiful and the aggravating. Fitting nicely into the Silver Girl ilk as a slower-paced, moody group featuring female vocals, The Red Channels also push the envelope for the label as they are decidedly more sonically ambitious than many of the other bands under the Silver Girl umbrella...Floating overtop of most of it are disturbingly woeful female vocals...Often drenched in delay and/or reverb, occasionally filtered through some eerie distortion, take Mazzy Star and run her through a gothic effects box under the direction of a depressed Flood and you might wind up with something akin to this. The lyrics are utterly unintelligible, so all that's left is that voice...If you're enticed, good, you should be. An attentive spinning of this record could possibly shake a listener loose, leaving them with a furrowed brow, a shocked nervous system, and a blind stare out the window...The Red Channels' self-titled album is an ambitious one...' - Delusions of Adequacy 9/22/03 'Delay and reverb heavy dream-pop with 80's flava' - beattheindiedrum.com 'I don't even know what's going on here. If you have this record, please email me and explain it to me...At some point during the listening experience I believe my walls started to bleed and penguins dressed as pirates singing barbershop hymns visited me on an ethereal plane of time.' - Todd Hansen, indieworkshop.com, 8/19/2003 'A sense of danger underlies every turn. The result is the kind of exhilarating experience that you get from acting on a forbidden whim. Plastic's pulsating bassline is sultry. The Red Channels is fraught with this pent-up, perhaps taboo sensuality, uncovered with calculated restraint as each song slowly unfolds. . .it's executed with undeniable (and never showy) finesse.' - Splendid e-zine, 10/11/2003 'Taking one page from VU and another from a more compelling Mazzy Star (like if a cackling Kat Bjelland replaced Hope Sandoval). Dramatic, dirgy, and creepy...' - Marjorie Skinner, Portland Mercury, 12/24/2004 'Azari's voice colors the songs quite well...The rest of the orchestration (a word I don't use lightly) is impeccable as well. Just goes to show that there are a million ways to make cool music. The Red Channels shows it's cards at every turn, and yet it still manages to surprise just as often. A wonderful little gem.' - Aidabet.com, 243, July 2003 '...stunningly beautiful guitar lines in Doesn't Play Well and Amer...' - Tom Nash, Lost at Sea Magazine, October 1, 2004 'Complete with eire keyboards, rhythm focused guitars, and singer Elaina Azari's monotone Siouxsie Sioux-like vocals. They have the sound down, whether they are plodding it through low key tracks like Now Playing and Doesn't Play Well, pounding it out on Pivot Box with a rocking fervor that matches the Swans, or draping it across a beat on Not Catatonic that's danceable yet subdued enough for the Cure's Mixed Up.' - Action Man Magazine.