From page 71 of Classic Rock Magazine January 1999
'The Emperor Falls' (Dream Catcher CRIDE 71
American John Wesley is best known in the UK from his regular support slots opening for Marillion. In the past and also on 'The Emperor Falls; Wesley's third solo release, Marillion members have returned the favour with guest appearances. But comparisons between the two end there.
Essentially, Wesley is a singer/ songwriter whose work is becoming more accomplished by the album with 'The Emperor Falls' representing a further advance on his debut 'Under The Red And White Sky' and its successor 'The Closing Of The Pale Blue Eyes'. His recipe is a simple one, choosing to rely on uncomplicated arrangements and allowing his slow, burning songs to breathe.
Driven by electric and acoustic guitars and characterised by Wesley's vocals,which are by turn impassioned and mournful, these 14 tracks take repeated plays to make an impression. But the album pays a handsome dividend for a little listener patience and Wesley should be rewarded with a higher profile as a result.