"Upon first listen, Jennifer Jane Niceley’s new album Angels, Demons, Red-Tail Hawks is soothing and ethereal, like a dreamy bucolic breeze. But the more you dig in, there’s a bittersweet undertone: Tracks such as “Wing to Wing” and “Desert Plain” explore the inevitable solitude of the human condition, even within the parameters of interpersonal relationships. Niceley’s singing evokes a yearning, however understated, to make peace with that solitude, to find the balance between self-reliance and opening your heart to another. Her lovely, gossamer voice walks a fine line between self-possession and vulnerability, at times suggesting what it might sound like if Portishead’s Beth Gibbons made a country album. The album was recorded by Eric McConnell at his home studio in Nashville, where he also engineered Loretta Lynn’s Jack-White produced Van Lear Rose. McConnell plays a variety of instruments to augment Niceley’s acoustic guitar, but never clutters the proceedings, and the result is simultaneously gentle and haunting."
--Jack Silverman (of Nashville Scene and Premier Guitar)
"Jennifer Niceley may have left her family farm in east Tennessee for the bright lights of Nashville a few years back but it's clear she never really left. That particular sense of wide open space, lingering twilight, moon shadows and the rich smell of tilled soil permeate her songs like a soft, soaking rain...
Producer and instrumentalist John Estes...captures the vulnerability in Niceley's whisper-close voice, the faint sensual traces of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone melding with strings, shuffled rhythms and a pedal steel. Few albums sound as personal or as quietly profound as this..."
Direct Current Music
"It might seem premature to call this Nashville singer's first full-length a break-through, but that's very much the way it sounds...Moody, restive, and purposeful, Niceley has made one of the most purely beautiful records of the year."
Roy Kasten - NO DEPRESSION magazine (review of Luminous)
"Niceley's impressive Billie Holiday-inspired vocal style has earned her critical praise in Music City... Her live performances are consistently superb, bringing the record's production polish to life and then some..."
Vincent Wynne - ListenNashville.com