Borrowing some of what was best of the L.A. singer-songwriter scene, Jeff Larson's new album Heart Of The Valley--produced by America's Gerry Beckley--doesn't try to change what made popster Jeff Larson popular, but emphasizes his artistic side with catchy songs and Valley-meets-Laurel Canyon sensibilities. Start Here: "Minus Marci," "Heart Of The Valley" and "One Lit Window" -- Huffington Post
The Northern California singer/songwriter/guitarist delivers one of his finest albums with “The World Over.” Jeff Larson’s earnest vocals and unwaveringly engaging folk-rock-country songs have an alluring feel... Larson’s warm, wonderful songs will grab you immediately and just get better with each subsequent listening. Every one of the 10 numbers here proves to be an individual gem. -- Rhett Miller, San Jose Mercury News
The World Over' is steeped in the late sixties, early seventies Laurel Canyon folky, country soft rock sound. It is immediately accessible, catchy and a delight to listen to. If I were driving through California this is exactly what I would expect to be listening to (top rolled down, obviously).Despite the obvious influences you would be hard pushed to say that tracks like 'Your Way Back Home', 'Midhaven Getaway' or the dreamy 'This Morning In Amsterdam' sounds exactly like any one else. Larson is his own man and makes his own music - he is no copy cat.
With the rising popularity in this Californian sound through artists such as Jonathon Wilson and Dawes, Larson may well have released 'The World Over' at exactly the right time and it should pick up airplay and interest. I now need to acquaint myself with his back catalogue -- John 'The Jacket' Hawes, FATEA UK
The cover shot of the 101 creeping through the San Fernando Valley is a visual indication of the sunkissed Southern Californian soft-rock on Jeff Larson's Heart of the Valley. Larson achieves that vibe with the assistance of Gerry Beckley, one of the architects of the sound during his days with America. Heart of the Valley isn't a strict collaboration and it's something of a departure for singer/songwriter Larson, who usually pens his own material. Here, Larson devotes himself to interpreting a set of new songs from Beckley, giving them richly sensitive readings that evoke America's 70's heyday while still sounding contemporary and faithful to Larson's own work. It's a tricky move but it's performed with considerable grace here, largely because everybody involved plays with a light, easy touch that brings out Beckley's rich melodicism. What Larson winds up with is a record that feels classically Californian in its spirit and sound, yet its appeal extends far beyond the West Coast as its sweet, mellow tunes have an appeal that transcends geography or even time, as this winds up straddling the past and present quite fetchingly. -- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
"Larson obviously has a lot on his mind, and he's able to express it in literate, lyrical ways that require repeated listening." -- Performing Songwriter