All Music Guide: ¦rawer, more heartfelt, and just more musically interesting than the vast majority of what you'll find in the holiday bin.
Entertainment Weekly: ¦the season's standout CD is a collection of relative antiquities¦ 78 rpm gospel, blues, and hillbilly finds from the '20s and '30s¦
New York Times: Probably the best and strangest Christmas album you'll hear all year.
Pitchfork: ¦perfectly wonderful for tree-trimming and Charlie Brown-style dance-hopping, its true triumph is its uncanny longevity: It will last longer than your evergreen.
San Antonio Express-News: Fans of old-time music, or anyone with a pair of ears and an open mind, must seek out this smorgasbord of blues, mountain music, jazz, gospel, and diverse ethnic tunes¦
Uncut: This uncommonly fervid Christmas comp locates the most devotional and intense field recordings from the American hinterlands.