"The Tarnished Gold is a soundtrack to life's better moments — introspective mornings spent reclining in a hammock, carefree afternoons strolling along the shoreline, and late evenings of stargazing."
— The Boston Phoenix
"The Tarnished Gold sees Beachwood Sparks return sounding fresh and revitalised, delivering an album that more than matches their earlier output."
"The Tarnished Gold is a lovely, warm-hearted gem, from blissful opener "Forget the Song" through to the delicate farewell of "Goodbye"."
— The Independent
"The Tarnished Gold is of a piece with their first two albums, but never a pale imitation."
— The Guardian
"The Tarnished Gold, mature, with a revelatory appreciation for the simple life, might prove to be the true spiritual heir to their auspicious 2000 debut: winsome Zen-like roots/rock bursting from the heart with rich, ebullient harmonies, and atmospheric smears of steel guitar amid gentle sun-baked melodies."
"The Beachwood Sparks, last convened in 2003, are back as if they never left, spinning trippy goodtime vibes, ethereal metaphysics and slacked out California pop."
— Blurt Magazine
"Beachwood Sparks make music for and by Californians who love living in California, surfing, and hanging out among the redwoods, and for listeners who have no idea what that’s like but love the sound of soft harmonies and a tastefully placed slide guitar."
— A.V. Club
"The Tarnished Gold moves through space like a guided nature walk—never a hike—drawing upon breathy, summer sounds and endless harmony to craft the perfect soundtrack for its creators’ home state."
— Paste Magazine