'****Ox, who did an evocative cover of Cheap Tricks 'Surrender' on the Loose compilation are an 8-piece from Canada (their indie debut pushed Radiohead off the top of the college charts there).This lovely, skeletal follow-up feels more like a solo album- Mark Browning's clear, lonely voice and acoustic guitar, gven subtle (if any) accompaniment (pedal steel, violin, backing vocals etc). You'll hear echoes of Neil Young, Willie Nelson, even Woody Guthrie.
"#1. 'Surrender' & 'Miss Idaho'- Unable to choose between these two songs from the Vancouver band's follow-up to the stunning Dust Bowl Revival, We finally gave up and picked both of them. The former is an unlikely loping country re-make of Cheap Tricks's signature tune; the latter is a melancholy, Neil Young-ish original thats reminiscent of the sound that Jay Farrar has refined both on his own and with Son Volt, Wilco, and Uncle Tupelo. 'Miss Idaho' certainly holds its own with anything those two gentlemen have done in years."
John Sakamoto, Toronto Star (Anti-Hit-List), TORONTO
"A few years back, one of the most unforgettable collections of alt-country music was released, yet it whisked past the mainstream in forgettable fashion. Now Ox has returned with American Lo–Fi, a set that is even better than Dust Bowl Revival. A drunken, impressively personal expose in song- one that shakes the demons in all of us. Brooding, bacchanalian, repressively sweet, good natured and smart, Ox has once again reached the acme in 'Canadiana'."
Shain Shapiro, View Magazine, HAMILTON
"Touchingly organic... Like Wilco's early material or Whiskey Town before them, Ox's live set sounds at once both timeless and unmistakably of its era. If there was ever a need to strip music down to its raw elements, Ox have the purity and grace to pull it off. And that's easily enough to raise them high above the crowd.
Drowned In Sound, LONDON, UK
"I'm spent. There's nothing more I can say about the Canadian band Ox... the beautiful analog sound, the looseness of the way they play, and the plaintive voice and amazing lyrics that get at the heart of americana better than any other band. You won't find a better ragged, alt-country, west-coast, Gram Parsons thing anywhere else."
"American Lo-Fi is an appropriately scrappy affair mixing early Wilco-style roots with more traditional country fare. Sparse, reverb-heavy, channeling Dylan circa 'Freewheelin’. An admirable sophomore effort."
Neil McDonald, Exclaim, CANADA
"Sparse as the open prairie, Ox continue their minimalist alt-country in this follow-up to the well-received Dust Bowl Revival. The amusingly named American Lo Fi, loves its reverb but doesn’t get lost inside its own achingly sweet expansive sound.
James Elford, See Magazine, EDMONTON
“This is the most relaxed Ox has sounded and the most loose, comfortable and confident album they've done. Spontaneous, slinky, accidental and appealing."
Tom Harrison, The Province, VANCOUVER