“‘Avery’ is quite simply a stunning song. It is heartfelt and breathtaking in equal measures.”
— FVMusic Blog
"Common Fires is the latest endeavour of Kelowna-based Caleb McAlpine. His single, “Avery,” uses winter as both a model and metaphor for the more unwelcome complexities in life, set to an easily digestible melody akin to Ben Howard or Bon Iver’s rawest moments.
"McAlpine’s abilities are on full display as guitars, piano, and melodica dance around his intuitive timbre. Andrew Judah, whom McAlpine backs in a live setting, provides the bass and backing vocals here—the latter contributing to one of the track’s brightest spots, warm harmonies that follow the encouraging lyric “take heart, for the winter lets up.” “Avery” is quiet folk, ruminating on the resilience that ultimately shapes who we are."
- Natalie Hoy, the Permanent Rain Press