(The Apprentice’s Sorcerer) finds (Powell) veering sharply towards more experimental terrain, a bizarre collision of cabaret, futuristic frenzy, techno impulses and pulsating tempos....Powell’s clearly aiming for higher dividends this time around, making this a calculated gamble that’s uncommonly imaginative.
- Lee Zimmerman, Blurt-Online.com
The Apprentice’s Sorcerer is a magical, mystical tour that finds the uber-talented Doug Powell back in the recorded ring after a much-too-long absence. Dabs of electronics swirl and color the 11 tunes, which take the listener on a dizzying ride that is lyrically enthralling and aurally stimulating.
- John Borack, author of Shake Some Action - the Ultimate Power Pop Guide
...strong melodies, innovative arrangements and impassioned performances...brings to mind the genius of early 70s Todd Rundren....
- Kevin Mathews / Power of Pop
Powell wraps...high-minded concepts in music that on first blush sounds like a major departure from his previous power pop work. Relying on programmed rhythms and synthesizers, Powell pushes his songs out of the guitar pop ghetto and into a sort of progressive rock arena that replaces pomposity with density. Electronics may dominate the arrangements, but they don’t overwhelm the melodies, which remain as memorable as anything Powell has ever composed.
- Michael Toland / The Big Takeover