" If you are a fan of Nick Cave, Tom Waits, or Johnny Cash you need to hear Whalen "
- PaStE Magazine
" “Strange Angel,” is where Southern Gothic rock and David Lynch-like flourishes collide with fiery results."
“More like Sweet Arsenic Pie, because this is the darkest sounding Nashville-style roots music since Porter released those drunk murder LPs way back when.” - Waymond Timbsdayle
“.....almost unbearable melancholy.” - Johan Schoenmakers
“These Noir poets... Whalen is one such. He comes with the sort of biography that screams authenticity....” - David Cowling
— Americana UK
“Ragged voice, spooky songwriting, and knack for atmosphere” - Ben Southworth
— Iron Post
“Listening to Lance Whalen's 'Civil Twilight" is like drowning in a sea of black velvet, with lyrics that make you think and feel, Whalen's deep voice sounds otherworldly and conveys a lust for hope that’s palpable and chilling. One of my favorites.”
— - WFDU. Carnival of Song
“I have worked with many artists in my career and Lance Whalen has the most unique voice I've heard in a long time. "
Donna Britton- President
— Mountain Row Music Publishing
“Lance’s unpolished guitar playing and raspy vocals have become his signature sound.”
“This guy is an amazing singer/songwriter. When you listen to this track you can't help but think of people like Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen. Soulful deep crooning at its best!
““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