“Best of 2008: Alternative Songs (Canadian)” / “Best of 2008: Alternative Albums” / “Best of 2008: Albums You Haven’t Heard” – ITUNES
“Contrived find a middle ground between Holy Fuck’s instrumental chaos and the pop sensibility Wintersleep displayed on Welcome to the Night Sky. Muscular, overdriven hooks sit next to chiming verses while high pitched vocals float overhead… blank, blank, blank becomes more satisfying with each listen.” – EXCLAIM!
“lean efficient riffs, sing-along choruses and light layers of reverb and falsetto. Between the optimistic melodies and graceful textures, it’s downright pretty at times, but the band delivers the goods with such vigour and heart that it’s never left adrift.” – MIRROR
“Contrived are a musical force to be reckoned with. With their third album, ‘Blank, Blank, Blank’, they deliver a full-force knockout that is as sprawling and majestic as it is melodic and addictive.” – INDIEPASSION