We could tell you how amazing this record is first hand, since we made it, but we'll let others do our bragging for us. So here's what people are saying about our awe-inspiring debut album...
"Do you remember rock and roll?
No, I'm not paraphrasing "American Pie." I'm asking fellow boomers if the music they used to call "rock and roll" is still alive and burrowing between all the fragmented genres that exist in the music scene today. Bradley Wik and the Charlatans' debut album, Burn What You Can, Bury the Rest gives me the same feeling of comfort as when I see a teenager, in 2011, wearing an old Zep or DSOTM t-shirt. It's no secret that the latest generation of musicians is finding solace in Springsteen and Petty and Mellencamp--Ryan Adams certainly backed up his asphalt mixer to that particular stretch of the road a decade ago--and Wik and his band have been staying up late at night, studying these songs, digging around, and finding the emotional core. They're intent on bringing rock back...not the wild, raucous and jubilant type but the introspective, weary and gently redeeming rock that we'd listen to back in the '70s just before it was time to stop partying and go home. Wik's songs, propelled by the rough melancholia in his voice, all express a certain level of tired relief. It's not a feeling of giving up or giving in, but rather the break someone takes before they pack up and move on to the next adventure."
- The Vinyl Anachronist
"4 out of 5 stars"
"All of the artists that have struggled and toiled to release their debut album must hate Bradley Wik and the Charlatans, because their debut, due out mid-month, sounds like an effortless undertaking.
Burn What You Can, Bury The Rest… has the feeling of a seasoned group putting out an album so strong that it must have had years of road testing behind it. Falling somewhere between Whiskeytown and Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Wik and his Charlatans have wonderfully blended alt country and ’70s rock with Midwest storytelling. The album is sincere, warm, and lush and sets the stage for the group to do wonders from this great starting point."
- Marquee Magazine
"Burn What You Can, Bury the Rest… is filled with this heartland rock and roll, rich with tales of hard-working, well-intentioned characters..."
“Bradley Wik and the Charlatans have taken worn hands and crafted an album of jaded and nostalgic beauty”