Press

November 26, 2013

"But what really makes Amanda into Amanda happens when all that history operates as background music. Then her flawlessly fluent French rendition of 'Autumn Leaves' makes tears sting behind listeners' ears. Then her sassy, original 'Evolution of Love' carves out personal rhythms while she accompnies herself on guitar (an instrument no one else in her family plays. With standing ovation, the Tempe crowd bore witness. She gives loving nods toward roots. She appreciate the heritage coursing through her veins. She showcases impassioned re-creations of her idols. But make no mistake. This isn't her momma's music."
—Jennifer Haaland

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March 22, 2013

Her recordings have been well received, the work of a gifted young artist.
—Don Heckman

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The standout track on the Blossom is a difficult choice, but "Sweet Baby James" has to be in the running. Amanda Brecker's voice is her own, but she manages to capture the same easy feel that James Taylor is known for.
—Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World

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Amanda Brecker blossoms on tribute to classic James Taylor, Carole King songs.
—Charles J. Gans, Associated Press

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February 24, 2013

Whereas King always sounded brittle and papery to my ear, Brecker imbues songs like “It’s Too Late” with a warmer approachability, and — this is where Blossom soars — she can swing. Meanwhile, producer Jesse Harris (Madeleine Peyroux, Norah Jones) updates these polyester-era pieces with a smart new instrumentation — understated and spacious, but with enough distinctive flourishes to keep the project from becoming too featureless. Amanda Brecker has given these songs the performances they always deserved.
—Nick DeRiso, SomethingElseReviews.com

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February 13, 2013

Amanda Brecker's album "Blossom" is such a welcome change in a musical landscape dominated by glitz, glamour and shallowness ... with warm vocals, rich production and a veneer of coolness and gloss ... almost all the moments are winners.
—Gregory Robson, AbsolutePunk.net

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February 06, 2013

The album covers 11 beloved songs from the many in the King and Taylor canons, performed with an understated delicacy that truly honors the originals.
—Jack Goldstein, Blogcritics

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January 10, 2013

Brecker shows a graceful respect for the seminal music, infusing each track with a sweetness and a delicate touch.
—Press Release on Decca

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