—David Christensen, OPB Music
"Intimate songwriting." [10/20/2017]
robin jackson Press
"The melody floats through a melancholy thought-cloud of aching strings and wandering piano lines, with a well-placed harmony as garnish." [9/15/17]
—The Big Takeover
"'Dark Stars' combines lyrical clarity and architecture of melody in a way that feels like a rainy afternoon in Portland." [9/26/17]
—Joshua Pickard - Nooga
"Reminiscent of a rainy day where the sun might occasionally crack through the clouds, the song seems to hang in midair, just waiting for someone to come by and lavish attention on its woven melodies and captivating narrative." [9/8/2017]
"Drifting At Sea glides along leisurely as Jackson’s vocals reach gorgeous heights atop a slowly churning beat." [9/15/2017]
—Noah Mickens, OMN
"Dust Diaries is a lovely piece of work, graced with Jackson’s characteristic lyric clarity and architecture of melody. Shifted to the background are the extravagant klezmer and music hall tropes familiar to fans of his Vagabond Opera songs, leaving space for the listener beside spare and sad arrangements produced in collaboration with Chet Lyster of EELS....A renowned creator with a highly distinctive and involved mode of expression lays down his masks and shares with his fans a genuine sigh of release."
— Serena Markstrom, Register Guard
"The term singer-songwriter is rather simplistic when the artist at hand has mastered six instruments and can play many others. But that is the best way to describe Robin Jackson’s work on his first solo album, even if iTunes calls it “pop.”
—Kit Mauldin, Portland Monthly
"A panty-dropper par excellence."
—Brett Campbell, WWeek
"Fans of Robin Jackson’s flashy bands Vagabond Opera and March Fourth Marching Band might be surprised at the straightforward intimacy of his folky debut solo album, Dust Diaries—but it’s definitely a pleasant surprise. His distinctive vocal style, somewhere between Phil Ochs and Rufus Wainwright, manages to be both warm and breezy. Hooky, evocative tracks like “Paper Bird” and “October Rain” reveal a solid singer songwriter with broad appeal."
—Raffaello Russo, Rockerilla
[Translated] “A multi-instrumentalist behind several collaborations (from Gogol Bordello to the Decemberists), Robin Jackson is one of the hidden gems of the inexhaustible mine of Portland indie-folk."
"A catchy and captivating song-crafter, a true storyteller.”