"Belle Adair’s shifting, ambient music reveals a diversity of influence and an unwillingness to be pigeonholed. Deft navigation between existential grappling and lulling instrumentals is a trademark of the group’s ambition: sophistication without pretension. The Brave and the Blue is a promising debut that leaves us looking forward to more."
—-The Oxford American
“The Brave and the Blue glows with a deep, dusky aura. It’s an ambitious collection of genre-straddling tunes.”
“…here in Alabama, there are bands like Belle Adair doing this kind of dreamy sound that has a connection to roots music but isn’t directly derivative…It fits in really nicely with the new South sound.”
“The Brave and the Blue packs a hefty punch. It’s filled with songs that are brimming with sincerity and emotionality that’s embellished with rich instrumentation and atmosphere.”
“The sweetness of Matt Green’s voice carries echoes of Jeff Tweedy. The band, too, are like Wilco when the roots were still showing, with flashes of The Byrds and a note of country sadness.”
—-Uncut (8 out of 10)
“Sonically, the album takes this spirit and set of emotions and packs them into some incredibly gorgeous tracks. The groups honest folk sound begins with Green’s heartfelt, sincere vocals, resting on a bed of instrumentals, that for a folk record are beautifully atmospheric and dense with color. Pure and refreshing…”
—-Sound Color Vibration
“Belle Adair operates on different impulses than a lot of these other acts (from Alabama): Instead of riled up and rootsy, the band’s full-length debut The Brave and the Blue is chilled out, cosmic and expansive, like Sea Change-era Beck or post-Summerteeth Wilco.”
The bearded Americana bandwagon got crowded, so Belle Adair invented something so fresh it defies categorization…they released a six-song EP and every track unfolds in glorious colors with stellar vocal harmonies.
This is Spartan-but-sophisticated pop music grounding itself with acoustic strings, harmonium, pedal steel guitar, and precise harmonies, yet never indulging the clichés of Americana, country rock, or freak folk. Most of the music suits a lazy Sunday morning, but if called upon this group can rock in the manner of The Band and Tom Petty—something involving swirling organ riffs and, again, envy-inducing harmonies.
—-Black & White (Birmingham, AL)
At its softest (as in the opening track “STN”), the album is comforting, full of deft harmony, wandering melody and ambient noise. At its most upbeat (in the single-worthy “Paris is Free”), it is accomplished acoustic-pop at its best. You’ll hear many of the familiar tropes of Americana here, but never in an obvious or cliched manner.
Belle Adair goes for mild-mannered greatness that matches Art Garfunkel’s delicate delivery with Leon Russell’s lush Delta elegance.
—-J.R. Taylor (Birmingham, AL)
Belle Adair takes the listener into a sonic bubble where the only thing that matters is the noises coming from their instruments.
—-The Examiner (Atlanta, GA)
“The six songs hint at something special coming down the road. There is no identity crisis with Belle Adair, just well-written, carefully performed songs that find an empty space to unfold in a crowded music scene.”
—-Sun on the Sand