The past catches up to the future on "Pearl Harbor" by Alpha Cat. Part modern folk-rock, part fusion-psychedelic art-rock, this band is a delight. There's a torrent of prose in every one of Elizabeth McCullough's songs, yet each syllable seems to fit magically in place as the tunes slowly burn their way into your brain. The melodies are likely to drive you batty the next day as you remember half of them, which compels you to play the cd again. (You can see a rare West Coast gig Nov. 11 at the Cat Club)” - the G-Man

— NoHo LA

In the vein of the old New York City stuff like Patti Smith, Velvet Underground, Television � comes Alpha Cat, with an approach to music that shows more depth of thought than many of the teenage hucksters out there right now. At the forefront are the vocals of Elizabeth McCullough, lazy and cutting like Patti Smith's, at times ethereal along the lines of Joni Mitchell or a quiet Chrissy Hynde, but always attracting your attention. Like a poetry reading, she weaves her voice, alternating between a matter-of-fact speaking tone and low-key approach to singing, and one could easily imagine her sitting at a table, smoking a cigarette, and delivering the goods. The goods, of course, being 13 songs that reel and roll, featuring quite a few guests on various instruments, and the sonic variety is just another in a series of good reasons to grab this disc and give it a listen. Lyrically, the songs are rich, as the various stories unfold and play out.” - Bill Ribas

New York Rock

Hard to make out if this is a band or a collective of like minded musicians as about fifteen participants are listed and in alphabetical order making it hard to distinguish who's more involved than the rest. One thing for sure - this is not Americana or country in the least. This is sprightly new wave pop circa the late '80's and is bouncy and clever as hell. While this might confuse more country-oriented consumers those interested in quirky pop are recommended to give this a listen. Those interested in fiddles and pedal steel are invited to look elsewhere. Pretty good album though, with some great lyrical twists and very compelling music.” - Scott Homewood


New York, the land from whence all good things non-British seem to emanate these days, now brings us Alpha Cat, a mixed outfit with a disarmingly wide repertoire of styles. Of the songs presented here, my favorite by far is the bouncy, brassy power pop of �Once Upon a Time. The horn charts could be a touch more flashy or experimental, but that�s a minor quibble with this energetic track, which further benefits from its Liam-Gallagher-without-the-sneer vocal delivery. I find the lyrics a little inscrutable in fellow offerings Pearl Harbor� and Straw Hat, but the latter�s line elongations lends some welcome poetry to their accessible pop-rock structures. Alpha Cat is definitely a band of many flavors, guaranteed to keep the listener guessing -- and to keep enjoying him/herself in the process.” - Joseph McCombs

ALPHA CAT - PEARL HARBOR A release full of interesting arrangements and melodies is what we have here. the main thing here is the combination of guitars with Elizabeth McCullough vocals. This woman has a really distinctive voice with a lot of middle ranges that gives a deep feeling to the music here. The compositions here are really accessible to your ear and at the same time they are really climatic (specially because of the use of multiple guitars, including some slide melodies). the music here has a definite seventies feeling which I dig and you can not escape the catchy choruses and phrases that will soon stick into your mind. Tracks like "monster..:" are more introspective showing a calmer side of the band with different ideas. One of the trademarks here are the vocal harmonies that are all over the compositions giving a beautiful sound to the music. This album isfull of ideas and I am completely sure that on each new listening you will find some new elements in the songs. This is pure melody with clever poppish arrangements...this band can easily be in the charts soon. So keep an eye on Alpha Cat!!” - <BR>Federico Marongiu

Music Extreme

Jersey's Elizabeth Mccullough takes on what artists like Joni Mitchell and Chrissie Hynde were known for, and builds on it on "Pearl Harbor." If it's gifted songwriting that one is after, one needs to go no further than "Pearl Harbor," where the opening "Something of Value" blooms with a driving beat and some country twangs thrown into lush choruses. Mccullough's rich, deep vocals --- which echo those of Hynde---chronicle tales of everything from losing family ("Snow") to one's vulnerability ("Pearl Harbor"). "Monsters (You Can't do It)" stands as a dark pop anthem, while "Across the River Twice" bears a Mazzy Star quality. Like a well-woven garment, "Pearl Harbor" stands the elements and doesn't wear thin.” - Omar Perez