"Songs that will take you into a world that isn’t always pretty but is vivid and memorable. Sex is suggested, but it’s hardly joyous. No ‘I love you baby’ stuff here…vignettes of a somewhat darker nature, the upbeat tunes disguising lyrics that suggest unhappy lives and tough times." – Buzzard Tracks
"A skilled songwriter with a flair for constructing jangly, pop-infused roots-rock, Lisik has added new sounds and textures to the mix for his third album. The infectious and thoughtful songs are colored with cello, violin, piano, organ and harmonica. Consequently, The Mess has a fuller, warmer sound than Lisik’s previous album, 'Happiness is Boring' (2006), a simpler indie-rock collection packed with power-pop gems like 'Outside the Elms' and 'Nothing I Can Do.' Lisik, who plays guitar and sings in a pleasingly weathered voice a la Paul Westerberg, has a knack for turning out wry and colorful turns of phrase — 'I left Ohio with my head on fire and a wedding ring in my bag' — and lyrics that read like short stories." – Canton Repository
"With a wonderful grasp of classic Pop/Rock, Ohio songwriter Brian Lisik makes music that is not 'of' any specific era. With a tinge of twang, Lisik's songs ring with a melodic effortlessness that great songwriters like Paul Westerberg and Jeff Tweedy ooze on a regular basis." - Cincinnati City Beat.