****½ STARS – VANCOUVER SUN

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011

The story of Vancouver’s The Reckoners, Christina Simpson and Ricardo Khayatte, is a love story. The two met during a retreat a few years back and it was love at first sight. …And the Sky Opened Up, the duo’s debut, is love at first listen. The duo’s vocal interplay is spellbinding and the folk/country melodies feel breezy and effortless, bouyed by road-weary wisdom and propelled by the strength of the pair’s bond. This may only be a six-song offering, but listen to the shuffle-y Heartbreaker or the back porch worthy The Wanderer and you will hear a true, stripped-down gem hinting at a very bright future.

- Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun