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MARKMAYNARD.COM /// Interview

ALL THE CITY LIGHTS /// Track Feature
"On the album’s opening track, “The Lark,” there is also an undeniable Neutral Milk Hotel influence, with a trumpet line gliding over a throbbing wall of distorted bass. Through the noise, Monger’s pop instincts and genial five-string picking remain ever-present."

ALL MUSIC GUIDE /// Album Review

"Monger finds something epic within his miniature tales of friends and foes, guitar cases, mining accidents, and happy drunks, layering in unexpected instrumentation, gently opening the songs up with sparkling guitars and keyboards, occasionally letting the tunes soar toward their conclusion on the wings of a trumpet. **** Four Stars"

MOSTLY MIDWEST /// Album Review
"The album has the expansive feeling of the Midwestern wilderness filling its lungs..."

TOLEDO CITY PAPER /// Feature
"Monger wanders the soundscape with thoughtful lyrics and beautifully unique arrangements."

METRO TIMES /// Feature
"... it is somewhat of a winter record, but much of it winds up being warmed, not merely by the brass and banjos, but also by the dulcimer-like ring of Monger's voice and his literate lyrics, and the choruses that often shake off fear or self-doubt. The new album shows Monger's ability to weave indelible melodies, and his tastes for eclectic arrangements include banjos, brass and uillean pipes."

NEW MUSIC TUESDAYS /// Album Review

MOTOR CITY ROCKS /// Album Review
"The New Britton Sound stands out. Monger spent two years working on the record, and it shows. Every song is thoughtfully arranged."

ANNARBOR.COM /// Feature

GREEN LIGHT GO /// Feature

MOSTLY MIDWEST /// Interview

DEEP CUTZ /// Feature
"...hybrid of quaint, charming, provincial pop ballads onto elegant musical milieu’s of urbane baroque pop whimsy."

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METRO TIMES /// Feature

"And now, with a new solo album in the works (as well as GLMS' next record under way), Monger has taken the leap forward fully into the driver's seat..."

ALL MUSIC GUIDE /// Album Review
"...it's a significant step forward for Monger, both as a musician and songwriter. He's crafted a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures — in short, the ghosts of summers past."

SPLENDID MAGAZINE /// Album Review
"This is a truly astonishing record, from its composition, to its lyrics, to its execution, to its genuinely cohesive feel. Please don't miss this one."