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Performer Magazine

"What’s perhaps most striking in the playing of Beauty and Undertow is McFarland’s melancholy, poignant vocals that complete his trademark sound. With songs of ambition, newfound clarity and the seeking of a faith-filled concept, McFarland genuinely delivers during much of the record, complete with soaring moments that make one’s hairs stand on end."

http://performermag.com/2012/09/27/chris-mcfarland/

The Entertainment Bank

"McFarland's style of music is a mixture of folk, rock, pop, and alternative, but he touts it as "angry folk," which is soft at times and hard at others. It seems, however, that he has quelled some of the anger, and is a bit more mellow, while still providing all the evidence you need that he's a singer/songwriter extraordinaire. The band backing him up is very talented, and together, they're dynamic and fans are in for a treat."

http://theentertainmentbankcd.blogspot.com/2012/08/beauty-and-undertown-chris-mcfarland.html

Rattlecan Radio

"McFarland has held up a steadfast commitment to musical storytelling, deploying his lyric honesty and arresting voice to illuminate and engage emotions that are at once intimately specific and helplessly universal"

http://rattlecanradio.com/?p=696

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Delusions of Adequacy

NY Rock

"there's enough integrity to make you sit, listen, and reflect on what you've done in your life so far, where it's going, etc. and that's pretty cool."

http://www.nyrock.com

Bangsheet.com

"Singer/songwriter Chris McFarland takes Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz's raspy growl and carries it with perfection"

Singer/songwriter Chris McFarland takes Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz's raspy growl and carries it with perfection (someone has to) through a set of urgent tunes that haunt, haunt, haunt. McFarland may ease up on he mood a bit here or there ("Twang"), but mostly heÕs on the edge Ð of something Ð and its pretty intense out there."Singer/songwriter Chris McFarland takes Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz's raspy growl and carries it with perfection""Singer/songwriter Chris McFarland takes Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz's raspy growl and carries it with perfection"
http://bangsheet.net/

Delusions of Adequacy

High-bias.com

"Austin, Texas-based Chris McFarland is a perfect example of the new wave of singer/songwriters that have risen like phoenixes from the ashes of the alternative rock"revolution."

Austin, Texas-based Chris McFarland is a perfect example of the new wave of
singer/songwriters that have risen like phoenixes from the ashes of the alternative rock
"revolution." He's absorbed the good points of the trend-overt passion, a sense of anthemic drama, a willingness to spike otherwise pop-friendly melodies with skewed progressions or just plain ol' noise-and ignored the lame ones, like excessive ironic posturing and musical blandness. He never goes for easy histrionics or melodrama when he can stick with the virtues of emotional sincerity and memorable tunes. His aggressive strumming and his rhythm section's insistent thrust serve notice that this is not your father's singer/songwriter, or even your older sister'sÑthis most definitely falls under the category of rock. "One Good Thing," "Sick" and the exceptionally strong "Twang" (which doesn't) are the kind of songs that stick in the mind at first listen; their luster only grows brighter with each subsequent spin. As If to Lay to Rest isn't perfect, but it's a solid indication that greatness lies right around the corner. Score:[buy it] <br>
http://highbiasmusicrag.com/reviews/20010923.html#ChrisMcFarland

No Depression

Aversion.com

"While his songs lack the exquisite hooks of more pop acts, there’s enough charm to his acoustic guitar and the lightweight accompanying band that backs him up. Similarly, McFarland didn’t just read his diary into the mic' when he recorded this record: There’s a balanced mix of pop-style flows with honest-to-goodness emotive songwriting."

http://aversion.com/

Cosmik.com

"McFarland's particular talent is to access his anger as a means to exorcise his anger, a process that puts the proverbial silver lining into some of the storm clouds of sound he cranks out."

It took a couple spins for me to wrap my head around Chris McFarland's sophomore effort, As If To Lay To Rest. The first time through I took it as a pretty depressing set of songs by a pretty depressed singer/songwriter - kind of an alt.rock version of James McMurtry. Frankly, I don't consider depression one of the most attractive qualities in a human being, and I wasn't sure whether I had anything to say about this one that was worth the effort. <p>
It's kind of the Cosmik Creed, though, to give every album an honest chance, so I punched replay and soon discovered that I was wrong the first time around. It's not depression that drives this material, it's anger, and that's an emotion that's been the source of many a great song. It's the source of some pretty damned good songs right here. <p>
McFarland's particular talent is to access his anger as a means to exorcise his anger, a process that puts the proverbial silver lining into some of the storm clouds of sound he cranks out. Long a solo acoustic act, he still sticks primarily to acoustic guitar, but the sound is beefed up by bass and drums. Bassist Josh Bandy and drummer Adam Hatley's contributions are often better described as rumble than as rhythm, but what they do fits the material McFarland offers them. McFarland's vocals are somewhat idiosyncratic, and sometimes he reaches a little too hard in trying to convey the depths of his angst, but you gotta respect a man willing to publically own his angst, and again, what he's doing is in service to the material. You know how sometimes the only way to process your stuff is to just stand there and scream? Some of this is that kind of music. Done in the right way, at the right time, for the right reasons, a scream can make you feel better. Listened to in the right mood, at the right time, with enough attention, this angry album can make you feel better, too.© 2001 - Shaun Dale 
http://www.cosmik.com/aa-november01/reviews/review_chris_mcfarland.html

Synthesis.net

"Simple acoustic and gritty guitar work tremble under the scratchy been-there voice of this songwriter. This disc is full of feeling and is nothing short of powerful in its vigor and wholesomeness."

Anything that's rocking and lets a little twang in without going overboard is okay in my book. On this disc, Mr. McFarland does just that. On the appropriately titled track, "Twang," he sings about pain and sorrow, but also of redemption. Simple acoustic and gritty guitar work tremble under the scratchy been-there voice of this songwriter. This disc is full of feeling and is nothing short of powerful in its vigor and wholesomeness.
http://synthesis.net/category/reviews/

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