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Scene Magazine (Mikaela Antonelli); "Animal behavior": review

"This is Lia Menaker's debut album, and she definitely gives us all she has. Her soulful voice mixed with her conversational vocals is soothing and very accessible... the album is like sitting at home with a nice bottle of wine next to the fire. Each song tells a different story and each story is so complex."

 

Divide and Conquer (Ted Rogen); "Animal Behavior":  REVIEW

"She showcases her pipes in dynamic fashion throughout the entire album... There is so much range and depth in her singing that it simply enriches the experience. She can sing - I don't think anyone can dispute that. But she is also an exceptional pianist. You don't need to listen past the first song to come to this realization."

 

Blues bunny Review; "Animal Behavior": REVIEW

"There is surely no shortage of American singer songwriters out there with a piano and a collection of heartfelt songs but Lia Menaker has also been blessed with both a reflective mind and a sense of theatricality and it is those two things that provide the forward momentum for her album “Animal Behavior”."

“ 'Bones' features her colleagues from the band Broken Darling and, with an edgy poetry driving her lyrics forward, she steers the song like seventies rock was all that she worshipped. It doesn’t take much imagination to see this song as her star turn."

 

The Jersey Beat (Rich Quinlan); "Broken Darling EP":

"Broken Darling may have recorded this six song EP in East Brunswick, New Jersey, but the down home sounds would fit quite nicely in Southern fried honky-tonk joints or front porches throughout the heartland. The songs are pristine gems of country-twinge pop flavored with just a sprinkle of rock energy. Each of the six tracks is a radio-friendly, instantaneously catchy effort overflowing with beautiful vocals, particularly Lia Menaker. Menaker is an undiscovered star-a performer with a soulful, haunting voice that shines either exclusively on “Bones” (a track she wrote as well) or with Mark Bodino on “Willow Tree” and “Grains of Sand”. The closing “Nothing That You say” has a darker riff bathing in distortion subtlety buried within the mix under a wall of melodic vocals and acoustic guitar. Reminiscent of the Decemberists, this closing tune is my favorite moment of the disc. Blending Americana with a sly pop sensibility, “Grains of Sands” is stirring, while “Pass the Years” is screaming for massive exposure-a buoyant track with a chorus accented with hand claps and ideally balanced vocals, it is a supremely well-constructed song. At times evocative but often cheerful, Broken Darling is a band with authentic musical chops and this release is a wonderful tableau for their talents. This will certainly appeal to an adult contemporary style crowd, so therefore I will never be found at a Broken Darling show, but genuine talent is still easily distinguishable, and this band possesses it."