Allison Tartalia (pictured) distinguishes herself for a slightly aggressive songwriting edge and for sophisticated arrangements that range from the orchestral to the electronic.
The Village Voice
Wonder of wonders, this native New Yorker's debut CD sounds legitimately more jazzy than folky--smack-dab in the Laura Nyro/Ricki Lee Jones/Sophie B. Hawkins lineage, complete with sax solos warm enough for Baker Street...
Something Else Reviews
The greater music [industry] may be continuing to founder, but that's not stopping great from music from being made. Allison Tartalia's Sweet and Vicious is proof of that. It gives me hope for the future.
New York Times
. . . a singer with a sultry voice. . .
Cincinnati City Beat
Allison Tartalia doesn’t fit comfortably in any particular genre and that’s fine with her. She’s translated her Classical piano training into a cohesive style that incorporates Chamber Pop, Folk, Pop and Jazz, and transcends the typical constraints of the singer/songwriter classification...Whatever inner beat you groove to, Allison Tartalia will find a way to tap into it and win your love in the bargain. Dig it: Tori Amos and Rickie Lee Jones play Keith Emerson's spinning piano at a Laura Nyro tribute while Kate Bush and Rufus Wainwright make shadow puppets underneath.
Tartalia’s sultry voice and honest, raw lyrics heat up this already baking weather.
The label "singer-songwriter" doesn't fully grasp Allison Tartalia's worldly sound. It's not just guitars and emotional lyrics here. You'll hear a full range of eclectic noise during Tartalia's set at Chicks Rockfest this weekend - jazzy piano, rich percussion and clever lyrics delivered in the singer's commanding voice. Singer-songwriters are always more interesting when they add something extra - and Tartalia's got plenty of extras in her diverse sound.
Trying to pin down Emmy-nominee Allison Tartalia to one genre is like trying to capture a single atom in your hand. A self-trained guitar player and classically-trained pianist, she has composed for musicals and accompanied others as a singer and keyboardist. As a solo artist, she has been known to fuse jazz, rock, folk and more — sometimes all within the same song. She is brutally honest about her life; her songs, thematically similar to Aimee Mann's, are downtrodden yet still possess a sardonic wit. You may just get to know her a little better — she has been known to tell stories from her life between songs — while you watch her bare her soul onstage.
New York Theatre Wire
Beautiful music...Both the larger and smaller stories in ''1918: A House Divided'' are told in a series of short scenes with music that ranges from martial to bluesy to lyrical. Particularly effective is ''The Last to Die,'' the haunting ballad Jamie (Robert Gonzales, Jr.) sings to the man he loves as that man goes off to war.