Acoustic Magazine

Pulling Shadows – Walter Strauss is a stellar guitar player, with a list of sideman credits as long as your arm, but there’s more to him than that. On Pulling Shadows he demonstrates that he is also an accomplished lyricist with an ear for a good tune, managing to make music which is hooky and memorable, and at the same time so complex in parts as to be almost prog rock. Add to that some wonderful pedal steel playing, and the contribution of Mamadou Diabaté, virtuoso of the West African kora, a harp-like instrument, and you have a truly extraordinary album. – Sam Wise