"Sometimes bands surprise you. Two albums into their career on the local scene I thought I had the Glad Version all figured out…[t]hen I heard their forthcoming third album, Make Islands, and that perception was blown to pieces. It’s a truly great record, a focused and polished pop platter that expands the Glad Version sound way beyond anything they’ve done in the past, the kind of album that screams to be discovered far beyond the state of Minnesota.
"Make Islands [is] an expansive and mature outing…coming in at a whopping 15 songs the most impressive feat the band pulls off is lack of filler and their willingness to try out new styles (a banjo led sojourn here, a violin and acoustic guitar campfire tune there) keeps things interesting for the duration.
"It’s an intensely personal album that manages to sound soul-baring without actually dwelling in too much specific narrative detail.
Thanks to the crisp and professional production of drummer Tor Johnson, Make Islands sounds like it’s been labored over in all the right ways, with plenty of attention paid to fine tuning arrangement details but no song sounding overcooked."
-Rob van Alstyne
"The Glad Version have evolved since their last offering, 2006's Lights Out North Star. That slippery, almost indescribable shift from "pretty good" to "pretty great" is evident just seconds into the new disc's opener, and the record only gets better from there."