People Are Saying
"Deb Pasternak is an original....has her own point of view and a sure-fire way to express it. Her songwriting is wry and confident, her singing is blistering, and her band is a tight as a taut rubberband....["Home" is] a highly enjoyable effort by a talented songwriter who knows how to speak her mind." - Dirty Linen
"I played the title track from Deb Pasternak's new album for my wife and asked who it sounded like. Kathy replied, "Natalie Merchant after a B-12 vitamin shot and a power bar." With her passion and breathy sincereity, the Boston-based singer-songwriter instantly makes you feel at home with her appropriately titled album, Home." - Tony Peyser, Santa Monica Mirror
"You're not folk, you're not rock, you're Deb!"
"Always invigorating..." -Steve Morse, The Boston Globe
"As an introduction, Dan Torres, soundman for the Lancaster Coffeehouse,
read from Deb Pasternak’s press kit,“Deb’s mission is to stay true to
her voice and celebrate life; from difficult to easy; hopeless to empowered;
empty to full.” commenting that he was touched by what he read. As Pasternak
took the stage as Saturday night concert opener, she said, “I’m so glad.
I make my own press kit – because I’m so famous – and I’m always afraid
people will think I’m hokey but I’m not.” Her songs proved that....
"....She's also an incredible live act, whether playing with a full band or simply taking over the stage with her guitar, voice and arsenal of great songs. Don't miss seeing her if you get the chance." -John Black, Editor's Pick, Digtal City, Boston
"Regardless of the different musical
shadings that her rich and emotive voice takes on, Pasternak is
a convincing performer, allowing the sensitivity and passion of
her lyrics to carry the weight of the melodies that they come wrapped
"...full and polished....achieving deeper dimension...a unique
and attractive style...emotive melodies and dark, sultry backdrops...the
perfect tome for her thoughtful lyrics."
"Backed by a solid quartet of veteran Beantown performers, she gives ever-so-slight nods to the drama of blues and jazz forms to create sweet emotionally resonant pop...."One Regret" with it's irresistible melodic lilt and strong vocal performance could very well be the track that assures Pasternak's well deserved signing." - Colin Helms, CMJ, A&R pick
"Lyrics so clever and touching, theyre worth quoting
Here's an album that mixes rock, folk, jazz and some of the best
songwriting Ive heard all year!
"I'm convinced that 2 or 3 - Deb Pasternak or Jess Klein or
Lori McKenna - will break out and become bigger stars, and we'll
look back in a few years and see this as a special scene."
"Originality that connects."
"Impossible to pin down, More is an amalgam of many styles
given equal weight, which in the end constitutes a style unto itself.
Cocktail jazz, coffeehouse folk, Beat be-bopTheyre all
here, and Theyre woven together around Pasternaks authentic,
"Eleven establishes this singer-songwriter as a force to be reckoned with. Pasternak's combined abilities of adept writing and subtly endearing vocal delivery ensure that listeners walk away mentally and emotionally fulfilled...." -Justin Kantor, The Groove, Berklee College
More, released 1997 on Signature Sounds. Produced by Chris Rival (Duke Levine, Carol Noonan, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines), this 15 song CD features Tom West (Jonatha Brooke, Susan Tedeschi), Paul Bryan (Aimee Mann, Catie Curtis), Jay Bellerose (Paula Cole), and Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter). Additional appearances by Gordon Beadle (Duke Robillard) on saxophone and Scott Aruda on trumpet and Peter Irvine (Cordelia's Dad) and Adam Steinberg (Laurie Sargent Band). "Sweet Addiction" was featured on the 1995 Black Wolf Records compilation, This is Boston - not Austin. 'Walking South was featured on The Album Network's Totally Adult sampler. 'More' is featured on The Performing Songwriter's 'Editor's Choice of Top 12 DIYs, vol 4.
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