Press for Record of love

Anhedonic Headphones (Top 10 2017): "It’s an evocative, and incredibly personal collection, but Goodkin is a smart enough songwriter that while these songs and stories are his, the themes present are universal enough that you not only are able to find where you fit in to his memories set to music, but you can use these songs to soundtrack your own moments of living, losing, and loving."

Imperfect Fifth: "Chicago-based indie folk musician Joe Goodkin recently released the third installment in his record trilogy, an album titled Record of Love which follows 2015’s Record of Life and early 2017’s Record of Loss. This album is a bit different, as every single sound was created (somehow) with a single guitar. Listening closely, you can slowly figure out some of the sound manipulations and how it was done, but largely this album is so well structured that it isn’t even something that necessarily occurs to you. All of that aside, Record of Love has delicately captivated us..."

Anhedonic Headphones: "There is no cure for the human condition, but throughout, Goodkin finds the balance between nostalgia and pathos, all while making room for poignancy, clarity, and reflection; and that may be the most impressive feat of all. The entire project—a cycle of three EPs based around such personal songwriting is both ambitious and admirable, and in coming out the other side, Life, Loss, and Love shows that Joe Goodkin is a tremendous and fearless songwriter."

Press for Record of loss

New City: "For me, the line that best encapsulates this remarkable release is from the penultimate cut: “It gave my grief somewhere to go / And start again a better man.” The ancients believed all art should be catharsis; in “Record of Loss,” Joe Goodkin has created something they would have recognized and embraced."

No Depression/Hyperbolium: "On the second of a planned three-EP series, singer-songwriter Joe Goodkin continues to mine a deep streak of observation and self awareness."

Anhedonic Headphones: "By no means a “light” listen, and in line with Nick Cave’s recent meditation on death, Skeleton Tree, Record of Loss takes an emotional toll on you, but the weight you feel afterward is a price worth paying. Goodkin is making a name for himself as an important songwriter of this generation—moving away from the “indie pop” of his first band Paper Arrows, this series of personal albums are a master class in how to lay it all out on the table, set it to music, and absolutely devastate the fuck out of your audience.

Indie Voice Blog: "Folk music keeps a record of our lives and legacy, and keeps them alive by retelling those stories in song.  Our country has not had a true troubadour since Woody Guthrie, but we believe that his successor has finally arrived in the person of Joe Goodkin."

Parcbench: "Heartbreak has no beginning and no end. What Joe Goodkin has done with it is treat it with the respect that it deserves, considering what a sizable role it can play in our lives. He has come up with a song cycle that caresses and soothes the sometimes inevitable pain. In its own way, it is a welcome Valentine unlike any other."

We Plug Good Music: "Joe Goodkin has delivered a rather intimate and uniquely executed EP. The lyrics are never short of the deeply thoughtful and, given the life he’s lead and the people he’s met, it seems to possess many nuggets of hard fought wisdom."

Music Morsels: "Chicago’s Joe Goodkin is making serious efforts to redefine 'singer-songwriter.' ... As the middle child of a three EP set, 'Record Of Loss' is stunningly beautiful and undeniably real."

Michael Doherty's Music Log: "As the CD’s title promises, these are songs of loss, songs which I believe will be particularly poignant for most people these days."

Sister Dorothy's Music Blog: "'Record of Loss' gives the listener hope."

press for record of life

Anhedonic Headphones: "Without a doubt, Record of Life is one of the most important records of 2015."

Pop Matters: "Goodkin debuts his frankest, most emotionally-affecting work of his career over the six tracks of which Record of Life is comprised, dealing with explaining his take on more sweeping facets of human life through the exemplification of his own experiences."

Moxipop: "In less than six tracks, Goodkin transforms from indie frontperson to a Mutations-era Beck while cutting HIS teeth on the early works of Cohen."

Pop Matters: "Tapping into the folkier side of indie rock, as well as Americana and even a slight Paul Westerberg influence, Goodkin’s honest, unpretentious style shines through..."

New City: "Now Goodkin has emerged on the other side with a new EP, “Record of Life,” that comes across almost as an adaptation of his own earlier work—or more accurately, a commentary on it; a corrective of where it didn’t go far enough—as if all that time spent with Homer has given him the cojones to call bullshit on his previous, more timid self."

Parcbench: "[Record of Life] is a quiet record, where the moments of rests and breaths carry as much weight as the chords or the words. This is what a thinking man’s music sounds like."

Red Dirt Report: "Joe Goodkin's EP Record of Life is a compilation of life stories set to beautiful, soft music and vocals. Record of Life is simple enough for people to easily relate, yet so full of experiences that strong emotions are evoked."

Music Morsels: "Joe has opened up his soul on this effort, creating music that will no doubt touch you with its hauntingly beautiful landscape."

Midwest Record: "Touching on the touchstones in his life, [Joe' Goodkin's] stuff will reassure you that you aren't alone."

AXS: "Overall, Goodkin’s new EP is a selection of sincere songs that offer intimate insights to his own inner workings with which audiences may oft’times empathize."

Jersey Beat: "Joe Goodkin describes human nature with heartfelt lyrics and rustic folk-rock melodies (which) remind us never to take life for granted."