REVIEWS

IN THEIR WORDS

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“…BettySoo’s clear, sincere singing…register[s] a strong impact.” – The Herald (UK)
(4 stars, live review)

“Real music. Terrific!” – Bob Harris, BBC2

“This album is replete with the kind of clear-voiced, slow-burning, slightly self-conscious angst that melts hearts.” – Irish Times

“A lovely voice and a gifted player” – CBC Radio

“BettySoo is one of the great singer-songwriters making a difference on American stages today…a clear-as-a-bell, modern sound.” – Yahoo!

“If ‘Never the Pretty Girl’ isn’t already an anthem, it should be…it’s one of those songs with which everybody, not just women, can identify.” – Dallas Morning News

“…A strong, engaging, and hugely entertaining live performer with a wry sense of humour.” – Maverick Magazine (UK)

“They had us eating out of their hands.” – No Depression (Live Show Review)

“Who knew BettySoo had the chops – and the guts – to suck the air out of the room by singing Hank Williams? And she didn’t just sing “I Heard That Lonesome Whistle,” she gave it a singular interpretation like a jazz singer. The crowd was totally quiet, stunned by the beauty of the moment. In the over-crowded, somewhat stale field of Americana, Betty Soo is the very real deal…” – Houston Press

“BettySoo’s voice is the perfect combination of strength, vulnerability and clarity. It is just perfect.” – Americana-UK (10 stars)

“These are exceptionally well-arranged songs, as easily equal in precision to, say, Patty Griffin or Alison Krauss…a confidence that speaks volumes.” – Austin American-Statesman

“Only once in recorded time has another musician been known to perform a Dylan song better than Dylan: When Jimi Hendrix turned ‘All Along The Watchtower’ into an ominous classic rock track and Dylan himself started playing it that way. At least until Thursday. On Thursday night, BettySoo served up “Blowin’ In The Wind” straight—no portentous bellowing, no hanging onto syllables. The way she felt it. And she may have pulled a Jimi Hendrix.” – New Haven Independent

“The most remarkable aspect of this collection is that there simply isn’t a clinker in the lot — which is something even this newcomer’s heroes can’t claim.” – Vintage Guitar

“BettySoo packs unexpectedly large vocals, combined with intelligent and riveting songs.” – AOL / SXSW spinner coverage

“Her voice is big and expressionistic, sauntering across country-folk arrangements with beauty and wisdom that’s often breathtaking.” – Oklahoma Gazette

“BettySoo so easily defies expectations…her crisp vocal phrasing abets lean, evocative writing, skillful enough to unbalance your senses.” – IndyWeek

“This is the voice that will carry you…Austin singer-songwriter BettySoo has crafted beautiful, heart-wrenching songs that are also edgy and unwavering.” – Texas Music Matters, KUT-FM Feature

“…Moving and compelling original compositions…served up in a home-produced musical brew that’s nestled snugly somewhere between the poles of folk, gospel, twang and indie.” – Folk and Roots (UK)

“BettySoo’s voice is gorgeous — soulful, tender…BettySoo absolutely nail[s] it!” – Maverick Magazine (Live Show Review)

“Possibly the only second generation Korean country singer in Texas, her classic voice belies her ancestry and her diminutive stature, her songs both nail hard and duvet soft in the first two tracks alone.” – Q Magazine (UK)

“BettySoo can snarl convincingly when cornered (‘Get Clean,’ ‘Never Knew No Love’), but she still roars the loudest when she takes the beauty way: ‘What We’ve Got,’ ‘Just Another Lover’ and ‘Whisper My Name’ all prove that a gorgeous melody and voice to match can be as devastating as a deep and dirty groove.” – Texas Music Magazine

“BettySoo is a rare talent that stands head and shoulders above many country wannabes.” – Country Music People (UK)

“BettySoo delivers a wonderfully fragile interpretation…BettySoo will tip the balance.” – Maverick Magazine (4 stars)

“Only five feet tall and petite but with an astonishingly powerful vocal range this album adds real grit to her heartbreaker ballads.” – Electric Ghost (UK)

“She’s got the delicacy of Priscilla Ahn and the feminine strength of Dolly Parton – not a combination you get to see every day.” – Line of Best Fit (UK)

“Her crystalline voice wraps itself around quiet ballads…and expands without apparent strain…BettySoo’s forte is love songs, distinguished by rich melodies and clever turns of phrase…” – Dirty Linen

“BettySoo’s third full length album sees her teaming up with legendary Americana musician and producer Gurf Morlix to produce her best work to date.” – Beat Surrender (UK)

“… Heartbreakingly sweet ballads.” – AllGigs (UK)

“She has the voice and melodic skill to lend credibility to any emotion, but with a capacity for such pure, tender prettiness…BettySoo was one of the gathering’s buzzed-about artists, and the large room was packed. I found her stage presence to be reserved, yet wry, smart, and dignified rather than effusive—in short, a breath of fresh air.” – FolkWax

“…proves in the first few seconds that she is currently one of our most powerful female singers.” – PennyBlack Music (UK)

“BettySoo’s voice is strong, feminine, and mesmerizing…” – Taproot Radio

“Gurf preps for the finish line with heartbreaking steel guitar, and Betty’s voice can knock everyone out in a way that very strongly fixes herself in the minds of her listeners.” – Hooked on Music (Germany)

“Although there are only the two of them on the CD, the album has a surprisingly full sound – the opening track…grabbed me immediately. There are no bad cuts on Lie To Me.” – Country Music People (UK) (4 stars)

“BettySoo’s voice goes straight for the pericardium, as if to establish a direct link between the ears and the heart.” – Bluesbunny (UK)

“It’s easy to think “Whisper My Name” is a Patty Griffin song, and that’s not hyperbole.” – Houston Press

“BettySoo packs a big voice, and she exercises amazing control. Heat Sin Water Skin closes with an achingly beautiful, acoustic reading of the Jimmie Davis/Hank Williams collaboration ‘Lonesome Whistle.’ BettySoo simply owns the song, her voice encapsulating the desperation felt by the incarcerated narrator. If you want your heart ripped out, this is assuredly the track that will do it.” – Net Rhythms (UK)

“Heat Sin Water Skin is a great delicious dollop of Americana, country, dirty electric guitar parts enhanced with delightfully subtle Hammond touches.” – The Music Critic (UK)

“I cannot imagine anyone playing or singing these songs any better.” – Victory Music (Live Show Review)

“…the gauntlet has been thrown down and the benchmark set.” – Flyin Shoes

“A beautiful powerhouse voice and soulful, moving songs…” – Songwriting Scene

“[BettySoo] is best known for heartbreaker ballads and bell pure vocals…” – BillyBop (Belgium)

“…Heat Sin Water Skin is a revelation. Wavering between gentle folk, dusty Texas-country, simmering blues and rock swelter, it showcases crisp phrasing, lean evocative writing and a passing resemblance to Lucinda Williams…” – Creative Loafing

“This is truly a great record…[Heat Sin Water Skin] is certainly a recording you will want to add to your library if you have not already done so.” – No Depression

“That high, clear voice takes us everywhere we need to go in order to explore the back dusty alleys of heartbreak in the Southwest.” – Acoustic Live!

“If I had to try to explain her sound well I would say she has the voice of an angel, similar to Allison Krauss, but with a swagger and honesty that is more closely related to early Lucinda Williams.” – A Truer Sound

“Get thee to Nashville, BettySoo! Music Row needs you! It is a gift to be able to write a song so accessible that it cuts through the chaff yet not so formula that it turns people off. BettySoo has the gift. Of the ten originals, not one falls in the I-need-to-hear-it-more-before-I-make-up-my-mind category. They are all first listen winners.” – Rock and Reprise

“From the first energetic syllable she sung on the vibrant opening cut “Never Knew No Love” I knew that I would know love, with this disc.” – Americana Roots

“The final highlight is her take on Hank Williams’ ‘Lonesome Whistle.’ The rendition is sincere enough to make you forget that she’s an regular Twitterer and instead ponder how on earth she’d ever end up behind bars…” – Uncommon Music