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On very rare occasions you hear an album that's really different. The tunes stick in the mind. When this happens you know you have something special... thay have definately released something special. This is a high quality album, not just by a high quality band but by a high quality British band... If you have to categorise this album, store it in the rack between Shooglenifty and EII. But I can guarantee that it won't be on the shelf for long.
Shreds & Patches

Oh joy of joys!... it is the best recording so far by any British band playing bluegrass based music. This CD is a favourite in our house... treat yourself to a copy.
British Bluegrass News

Evolution is the only way for any music to remain valid and with "Clark's Secret", Bath based outfit Daily Planet have produced a startlingly good album, taking bluegrass to hitherto unknown territory, without losing sight of its roots... they proceed to stamp their unique identity, which ably demonstrates their instrumental prowess, quirky humour and obvious love of the music, on the music... There aren't really any comparisons to be drawn but, overall, there are echoes of another band of groudbreaking outlaws - Scotland's Shooglenifty.

Extremely able and very competent... trading in authentic and suitably upbeat bluegrass laced with just enough originality and plenty of spirit, they should build up a reputation for quality if the evidence on "Clark's Secret" is anything to go by... A refreshing and consistently delightful litle disc.
Rock And Reel

Excellent musicianship with inventive arrangements... this album has everything going for it... this album should bring them to the notice of the wider audience that they deserve.
Living Tradition

...Daily Planeet's virtusic Appalachian Britpop bears as much relationship to bluegrass as Sun Ra did to trad jazz...
Hi-Fi & Record Review

On their first album a couple of years ago, Daily Planet were a quartet playing bluegrass music with a few additions. A couple of personnel changes, the addition of a drummer and this album is a whole different kettle of fish. OK, they still use bluegrass as their base root, but then it's all hands to the pumps as influences from rap to blues, rock to classical, flood in. Take the first three tracks: 'The Big Scoop' is a laid back instrumental with some superb harmonica, guitar and banjo, performed with a slightly jazzy feel. 'Take Your Time' is contemporary soft rock with excellent guest vocals from Steve Robinson (ex-Innes Sibun); then comes 'India', almost trance dance, very 60s-flavoured and with some great vocal work from the inimitable Paul Bradley. So the album continues pulling this way and that, until the final three tracks which were recorded live and show the Planet at their best. The surprising thing is that, given all these differing styles and influences, there is a remarkable feeling of cohesion about the whole recording. This is undoubtedly the best album from a local band in the last decade and should go a long way to extending Daily Planet's reputation throughout the British music circuit.
Review of 'The Big Scoop' Tony Slinger, Venue Magazine Aug/Sept 1998

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Leon Hunt is to banjo playing what Nickel Creek's Chris Thile is to mandolin, namely The Daddy. Leon shines brightest when he whips out a rendition of the Pat Metheny tune 'James'. With this record he manages to smash all preconceptions about what a banjo can and can't do and leaves you both satisfied and wanting more.
Guitarist Magazine

a richly fluid fusion of bluegrass and jazz with a healthy sprig of Celtic roots. Riveting stuff.
Uncut Magazine

Hunt has his bluegrass chops as good as any, but has a better appreciation of music outside the genre than most... Miles Apart stands alongside the best. He is aided by some of the top players in America and far from being overawed by them, his music and playing challenges them... as good as any American recording and better than most of them.
fRoots Magazine

Banjo wizardry in a style totally unique. Leon plays with brilliance and soul - you don't aways find the two together
Mike Harding - BBC Radio 2

a cracking instrumental album from someone who has taken all of the many stereotypes about the 5-string banjo and shattered them. Leon Hunt is a fluent, versatile and hugely inventive musician... The performances are all impeccable, the arrangements intrinsically interesting - something that should give it the wider appeal it deserves
Songbook 2004

this record shows how world-class Leon's playing really is
Banjo NewsLetter (USA)

This one sure ain't pickin' and grinnin' - somebody call the banjo police! The playing is exemplary throughout...this is a very refreshing album... a dream team debut.
Living Tradition Magazine

Leon Hunt is probably the most adventurous banjo player in the UK. His roots are aligned to Bluegrass. You can hear the influences on this work from Earl Scruggs, Bill Keith, Tony Furtado and Bela Fleck and this album puts him out there with them.
British Bluegrass News

The banjo is one of those instruments you either love or hate, but when you hear the silky smooth effortless flow which Leon Hunt produces you can't help but come down in favour.
Classic Rock Society - July 2004