Rolling Stone (p.62) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's no one else like them....[They] invent many dandy new ways not to be in love."Spin (p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "TRAFFIC is populated by astutely observed characters....It's like an alt-rock adaptation of a John Cheever anthology."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[T]he perfectly chosen details actually add emotional depth to the lyrical vignettes, bringing them to vivid life..." -- Grade: B+Magnet (p.98) - "[B]right, hook-based pop, with an occasional in-joke that every now and then suggests FoW knows exactly what vein it's working."CMJ (p.42) - "[They turn] the humdrum monotony of interstate travel and 9-to-5 grind into the snappiest of semi-swagger pop."No Depression (p.85) - "TRAFFIC AND WEATHER is a procession of deadpan vignettes fitted with delectable guitar-driven melodies."
Musician (3/96, p.98) - "...beautiful, archaic music...70-year-old recordings of this isolated region's string bands, sacred singers and balladeers..."
Dirty Linen (6-7/00, p.91) - "...Visit some of the best-known names in Irish traditional music....you'll also enjoy [the] Irish version of mazurkas, and a lively selection of jigs and reels."
Uncut (p.117) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[It] has its share of golden moments. There are surprises, too....Thirty-seven Bruce tunes all in..."
Spin (p.91) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fine introduction to Southern soul's greatest label, form its '60s R&B heyday to its '70s funk science.Down Beat (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "50 songs that belong to one of the most prized vaults in the history of popular music."Dirty Linen (p.63) - "This spectacular set manages to cram 50 amazing tracks onto two CDs. Everything you could possibly want is here..."Living Blues (p.64) - "[A] good introduction to the vibrant southern soul sounds associated with Stax."No Depression (p.74) - "The remastered sound is superb; one marvels at the clarity of Al Jackson's drums in 1969's 'Time Is Tight'."
Entertainment Weekly (12/1/00, p.98) - "...A well-picked assortment....No soul-music fan should deny himself this..." - Rating: B+Living Blues (1-2/01, p.83) - "...An overview of the Memphis label's hitmaking activities from beginning to end..."Mojo (Publisher) (12/00, p.96) - "...Sublime soul music....as familiar as favorite old shoes, and as funky..."
Dirty Linen (2-3/00, p.74) - "...a fine singer in the old style, [he] does a good job of varying the instrumentation and arrangements within his scope. The songs themselves, and the copious notes, are very interesting..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[O]ld-time country music, early blues, and gospel....The recordings -- of varying brilliance -- are grail-like rarities."Living Blues (p.76) - "House was the greatest of all the 'deep' Delta singers, and this was his greatest recording session. The guitar work is crisp, with his usual unerring rhythmic control, and his voice is magnificent."No Depression (p.100) - "There are fetching country blues tracks.....It's all put together with enthusiasm and tongue-in-cheek ribbing of the collecting bug."Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] glittering parade of mountain stringbands and sanctified preachers, fiddle and harmonica tunes, banjo songs and guitar blues..."
Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.188) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...By this point, Stax had for the most part stopped trying to chase trends and instead concentrated on its strengths: down-home, funky and gritty urban blues..."Entertainment Weekly (1/13/95, p.61) - "...if you've got an itch for soul that you thought could never be adequately scratched, [THE COMPLETE STAX/VOLT SOUL SINGLES, VOLUME 3: 1972-1975] might just do the trick..."- Rating: A-