"Dow’s songwriting is poetry brought to life with an incomparable voice that is raw, alluring and unique....Ingrained will leave a mark on the heart and soul of its listeners with its pretty grittiness and authentic voice. It is Canadian music at its finest and Dow is sure to make her mark."
- VIES Magazine
"9/10 - Dow is a talent, and this is sure to feature in many an album of the year list with its eerie, seductive, sensuous whip cracker of a record. There is nothing, not a chord or note that you won’t really really love."
- Americana UK
"5 stars - ...it's mesmerizing."
- Scottish Daily Press
"4.5/5 - It is no surprise that Ingrained graced the National top 10 charts in the Folk/Roots/Blues category and subsequently carried Carly Dow on tour across Canada. The album is instrumentally tight...has incredible harmonies and powerful lyrics."
- The Manitoban
"Spare, haunting arrangements, a voice grounded in grit yet soft as silk to the ear, and poignant songwriting converge at the fork where soul meets folk meets country."
- Quick Before It Melts
"...her pipes are as rich and full-bodied as a fine red wine."
"There's something utterly elemental about Carly Dow's music, the echoing melodies that soar around your head, the deeply authentic voice that seduces, the piercingly sharp image-rich lyrics, together that's a mix filled with magnetic allure."
- Folk Words (UK)
- Messenger Newspapers (UK)
"...a great recording, uniformly brilliant playing, striking vocals and smart songs, overall a very fine debut album."
- Fatea Magazine (UK)
"4 stars - ...a unique and alluring talent...exquisitely executed and a very fine debut indeed."
- Get Ready To Rock (UK)
"Multi-Layered and Bewitching Canadiacana"
- The Rocking Magpie (UK)
"Carly will own your ears each time you spin this disc...
A name and an album to look out for. Ingrained is a smart album...possesses a luscious sound and instantly draws you in."
- Three Chords and the Truth (UK)
"It’s rare that an album grabs you straight away and tells you so forcefully that you need to listen to it more, and insists that it is good album, and then it retains your interest even after you’ve listened a few times."
- NE:MM (UK)
"This very strong roots / country-esque release ' Ingrained ' sounds more like the third release and breakthrough record rather than a debut...very mature ... great writing and arranging - a HoM artist to look out for."
- House of Mercy Radio (UK)
"A living, breathing album with sweeping arrangements...Ingrained rests on the ringing truth of Carly Dow's dark and poignant writing"
- Stylus Magazine
"We are down with Dow. Ingrained is a fully stocked arsenal of folk weapons... incredible album...Love at first listen is real."
- Grayowl Point
"Carly Dow’s voice projected like moonbeams - illuminating, dusky and vibrant with unapologetic femininity. Her presence on stage showed a confidence and some sort of certainty of self."
- Jennifer Doerksen, live concert review