UNISIGNED & INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE
10 out 10! Brilliant from start to finish.
NOISETRADE (Will Hodge)
A straight-up stunner of an album ... A punchy, cohesive sonic thrillride.
Rating A: Blissful pop genius!
A daydream of an album that's difficult to resist.
RECORD REWIND PLAY
9 out of 10! The sound of one man trying to out-anthem himself and winning at it.
MUSIC IS MY RADAR
One of ouor best discoveries of the year!
WXRT'S LOCAL ANESTHETIC RADIO SHOW (DJ Richard Milne)
This album caught my attention right off the bat. Pop music with a nice little twist.
ALTERNATIVE TRACKS (Artist of the Week)
The album is dreamy power pop weaving around an eclectic mixture of experimental, electronic and rock sound bursting with creativity and intrigue. A towering mass of sound build round an uplifting, emotively powerful choruses and epic arrangements. Put some time aside and listen to this stunning album all the way through, it will be the most enjoyable 50 minutes you will spend all day.
COMEDY BANG BANG PODCAST (Guest Bob Odenkirk)
Scott Aukerman: Wow, that was really good. It may have been the best one we've ever played.
Bob Odenkirk: Yeah, that was like the best thing ever. Real top notch stuff!
LEONARD'S LAIR MUSIC BLOG
Big, colorful, slightly left of center indie pop.
Wow this is amazing! Every song's a unique journey down a sonic highway.
GLACIALLY MUSICAL BLOG
These songs are giant anthems oozing happiness, energy, melancholy, and everything else in between.
INDEPENDENT CLAUSES BLOG
I've always got room in my heart for pulse-pounding, towering power-pop. It'll be in your head for a while.
ABSOLUTE POWERPOP BLOG
Merz delves further in dream-pop, opening with the densely melodic "Bitter Branches" and following that with the percussion-heavy, vaguely electronic "Rosemary (Bury Me)" which still sports the hooks. But the sound here is summed up by the majestic "Friendly Fires" and its pop-friendly soundscapes. If you want to hear something a bit different that the usual power pop, but from an artist we know has the melodic bonafides, this one's a good investment.
POP THAT GOES CRUNCH BLOG
A wonderfully eclectic album of dreamy, often symphonic pop with occasional electronic flourishes. Merz' gorgeous vocals play off stunningly against the wall of sound.
THE MUSIC NEWS SITE
Speedy and energetic but understated and laced with superb vocals and harmonies. Good quality songwriting and smooth production values.
NERDIST PODCAST JONAH RAYDIO (Jonah Ray)
I really dug this.
THE BROKEN-HEARTED TOY BLOG
Static In Verona's Rob Merz is so adept at creating sonic landscapes with layered vocals and sounds, it's virturally impossible to believe this is the work of one musician.
ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER: AROUND HEAR
Sonically sweet and thoroughly entertaining.
THE DELI: CHICAGO
Rob Merz weaves pleasant pop melodies under the name Static in Verona and with each release Rob refines his skill, but more importantly filters his restrained take on pop music.
A CURIOUS MONOGRAM BLOG
What Rob has created with Static in Verona is nothing short of pop genius. The melodies and hooks reeled me in immediately. Static in Verona's music has made its way into my permanent heavy rotation and it should make its way into yours.