Ken Tucker reviews Valerie June's debut LP “Pushin’ Against A Stone”:
Valerie June wants to be on your mind—to get inside your head. She writes or co-writes songs that mix blues, gospel, folk, and soul and which describe emotional isolation, financial deprivation, and an insecurity about her place in the world. She’s unafraid to proclaim her neediness. Perhaps because, possessed of a big, powerful voice, she knows that her vulnerability isn’t likely to come off as passive or self-pitying.