"Like a lot of contemporary singer-songwriters, Lisa Moscatiello draws on a wide
variety of influences -- folk, pop, rock, R&B, jazz, even opera. But unlike many
of her peers, she never sounds as if she's merely indulging a whim.
"Trouble From the Start" is yet another reminder of her impressive talent and range.
Her voice is its own reward, lithe and expressive, and her eclectic tastes keep things
interesting as she moves from the sunny pop charmer "Feel the Love" to the achingly homesick
ballad "Exile" to the sultry jazz gem "You're Crying." The cover tunes also include a welcome
reprise of the Jerry Butler R&B hit "Brand New Me," a lovely, Italian-language rendering of
Pino Donaggio's reverie "Come Sinfonia," and Bev Stanton's atmospheric rocker "Ashtray." As
for Moscatiello's songwriting, the two tunes she composed here with Stanton find her casting
melancholic spells, first with the album's title track, then with "What Happens After Love?"
She's doesn't accomplish this alone, of course. Accompanying Moscatiello on the album is a
versatile cast of Washington-based musicians, including keyboardist Harry Appelman and drummer
Robbie Magruder. Jon Nazdin's upright bass, Phil Mathieu's acoustic guitar and Fred
Lieder's cello help sustain the intimacy, and several tracks benefit from electric
guitarist Erik Wenberg's colorful contributions. Dedicated to Washington jazz vocalist
Pam Bricker, who died in February, the album closes on a tender, Bricker-like note
with Karl Straub's "Now You're Back in Love Again."
The Washington Post
"Lisa Moscatiello will inevitably remind some listeners
of another Washington, DC-area singer, the late Eva Cassidy.
Like Cassidy, she has a throaty voice that is both pure and sultry.
She's equally comfortable with bluesy belters or aching torch songs,
and she has an alluring ability to insinuate deep emotions without
ever seeming to be showing off her vocal chops. But an even more important
comparison is that, just like Cassidy, Moscatiello makes us believe every
word she sings."
The Boston Globe
"Lisa Moscatiello has a nice deep sultry voice that works
equally well in her darker, haunting songs as it does in her jazzier cabaret type tunes.
The title song, "Trouble From The Start" and "Feel The Love" both remind me of the English
band Everything But The Girl. "Come Sinfonia" has lovely guitar work and a romantic feel.
The last song, "Now You're Back In Love Again" is a great torchy piano piece. These songs
are really well written and interesting. Moscatiello has quite a vocal range. At times her
voice is pretty low, alto-like. But then there are times when she hits some pretty high
notes seemingly effortlessly. This is a pretty low-key record, but it's nice for
relaxing and either having as background music or alternately, to pop on headphones and
intently listen to the lyrics." a review by Amy Lotsberg, Producer of Collected Sounds.
Collected Sounds Women In Music
is twice blessed. Not only does she have one of the most gorgeous
vocal instruments in all of folk-tinged pop, but she also
possesses the magic to invest the songs she sings with an
almost knee-buckling poignancy and believability."
"(On Second Avenue)
her voice is as striking as ever -- a lovely soprano capable
of expressing moments of tender reflection, hard-won optimism
and soulful yearning."
has one of those voices that jumps out of the speakers and
grabs you from across the room."
"Her voice is a
mixture of serenity and strength perfectly capable of causing
a quiet storm. Mixing choice material with crack musicianship
and faultless delivery "Innocent When You Dream"
is an aural delight."
Rock 'N' Reel, UK
"Second Avenue is a satisfying
release, sure to please Moscatiello's fans as well as lovers
of beautifully sung folk"
All Music Guide
has one of those voices that makes you stop whatever might
be distracting you and say, "Who IS that?!... Call it
folk, call it blues, call it jazz, call it torch, call it
Celtic, call it New Age...call it sublime."