Reviews of the 2002 release The Donkey and the Time Machine:
“It’s a rarity when an Albuquerque band releases and album with such imagination and experimentation right out of the gates. It’s a rare occasion, that is, when it actually falls right into place and goes beyond being an album that’s just imagination and experimentation and becomes a collection of good songs. “The Donkey and the Time Machine” (Little Kiss records) by the Tattersaints travels sonically across the entire musical spectrum to include programmed synth beats, blasts of guitar distortion, scattershot drum tantrums, delicate piano plinks and vocals that range from plaintive to car-wreck like….they turn our some of the oddest and most charming sounds this reviewer has heard form a local act in a long time.”
ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL/Aug.9, 2002
From the explosive opener, it becomes abundantly clear that not only are Burque’s darling Tattersaints back, they’re here to show some of their contemporaries how its done. If Burque had a local chapter of Post Rock Pioneers, the Tattersaints would be at the helm. Culling influences from David Bowie and Lou Reed wrapped with traces of Neu!, The Tattersaints have carved their own mixture of psycho-sexy 70s rock and 80s postmodern. Anthematic cuts such as Tender Moment and Those Were the Days commingle with highly effective experimental numbers like Hear this One and Stop Stop. A cover of Eno’s Third Uncle would fit in with the scheme of things nicely . This*is*rock*n’roll. While this many fabled genre has undergone a variety of facelifts in the past 50 years, the Tattersaints seem to understand what made it so cool in the first place. Donkey is as refreshing as any of your favorite rock records and much more. MONKEY WRENCH magazine
“Good clean fun and a band of talented idiosyncratic musicians make this disc one to pop into the player when you’re ready to enjoy yourself rather than rue-the-day-she-left-you love songs. It ain’t all grins and lollipops but ya cant help buy feel better after giving this a listen or three. A soundtrack for a skewed picnic, a disjointed parade or a psycho carnival without the mind-altering substances. These guys’ minds is altered enough…..”
Captain America /WIG WAM BAM
THE DONKEY AND THE TIME MACHINE made assistant music editor Rachel Heisler’s top ten list for best albums of 2002 in THE WEEKLY ALIBI (local and national acts included) . It also made MONKEY WRENCH ’s top ten local albums of 2002.