- Pull Up: Intelligent Life
“Songwriters have had little to say about the credit crunch. A master guitarist steps into the breach with some furious folk."
- Pull Up: The Sun
“The Indian summer of Cooder’s career continues apace. A boisterous affair with a typically old-timey feel yet crucially relevant to today’s world.”
- Pull Up: musicOMH
“The predominant characteristic of this fine album is not anger but irony. Highly satisfying satire, combining Cooder’s transparent love for a wide range of roots music with his engagement with politics. Cooder’s genius here, as on the Californian trilogy, is to reach toward historical sources and depression-era musical language that now seem painfully resonant today.”
- Pull Up: Sunday Express
“Cooder’s sharp, lyrical barbs are aimed squarely at the bonus-hungry bandits of Wall Street, but he tempers his anger with some breezy vocals and gorgeous, shuffling folk and blues.”
- Pull Up: Scotland on Sunday
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“Cooder has now made one of the best records of his considerable career. A thoroughly modern and authentic appraisal of the past."
- Pull Up: The Word
“Folk, blues, mariachi and Woody Guthrie–style protest songs updated with modern bathos. Like the Tony Millionaire cartoons set to music.”
- Pull Up: Scotsman
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“Cooder's savage but witty reflection on the socio-economic state of his nation, the unbelievable greed and culture of impunity which brought it to its knees and the rank-and-file population who have paid the price. The resulting work of ‘simple tools for citizens under siege’ is, in its own uncompromising way, as rich in content as any of his ensemble efforts.”
- Pull Up: New Zealand Herald
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- Pull Up: Evening Herald, Ireland
"The headline news is that Ry Cooder has made yet another of his trademark, cornerstone collections, dragging in the wide span of his American music influences, from foot-stomping boogie ('John Lee Hooker for President') to Tex-Mex hoedown ('Christmas Time This Year') and late night juke-joint blues ('Baby Joined the Army')."
- Pull Up: Bloomberg
“Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down is an old-fashioned concept album about U.S. corruption ... Those City types who grew up loving Cooder’s rootsy rock shouldn’t be surprised. He has long cast himself on the side of the working man ... Rhetoric aside, this is a fine recording to file alongside Cooder’s excellent Paradise and Lunch 1974 LP."
- Pull Up: Philadelphia Inquirer
"Cooder takes deadly aim at rapacious bankers, warmongers, land barons, and the like, showing the devastating impact of their actions on ordinary folk. He does this in a manner that mixes the scrappy populism of Woody Guthrie with the first-person narratives of Springsteen in Steinbeckian Ghost of Tom Joad mode ... All of it is set to an incredibly rich melting pot of folk, blues, country, rock, and norteno."