Listening to Lance Whalen's 'Civil Twilight" is like drowning in a sea of black velvet. Hushed yet lush sounding, with lyrics that make you think and feel, Whalen's deep voice sounds otherworldly at times, but his songs are routed in earthly emotions that stir the soul. From the dark sexiness of “Shake Baby Shake” to the haunting title track, this collection of tunes holds up listen after listen. When Whalen sings, “Anything at any time can take a turn for the worse,/Darling will you choose to see the blessing or the curse?” his voice conveys a lust for hope that’s palpable and chilling. One of my favorites.
-Carnival of Song (Jun 5, 2011)
“If you were to bring a caldron of water to a William Topley boil, sprinkle in bits of Tom Wait's talking blues and toss in some Crash Test Dummies clever low grumble moan, you'd get good ole Lance Whalen.” —
Tim Buchanan - SPUN- Nashville TN
"...a gathering of melancholy tunes."
David Lilly - louisville music news