The Deli NYC front page Review:
Like all true rockers, we tend to react pretty badly to Christmas music - we were particularly devastated by Bob Dylan's obscene Christmas album released a few years ago. But there are always exceptions, and the song streaming below, by Brooklyn chanteuse Maya Solovey, is one of them. "In the Bleak Midwinter" is a late 19th century poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti, which was then made into a Christmas carol in the early 20th century. What we like about Maya's version is that it takes it back to what it was originally: a poem about Christmas, rather than a carol - we actually wonder if the author ever meant for it to become a carol! The song is the opening track of the songwriter's latest release, entitled "Midwinter: On Christmas Eve," which features many of the classic Christmas tunes in a super stripped down, sleigh bell-free version. This bare bone treatment highlights Maya's beautifully expressive soprano, and allows for a new appreciation of melodies and lirycs almost all of us know by heart.
"It’s December 17th and we’ve decided it’s officially OK to feel all whimsical about the holidays. And hearing the age old Christmas carols turned hauntingly beautiful by the velvet voiced siren, Maya Solovey — such “whimsy” becomes downright cool and stunningly beautiful." --Socially Superlative
Maya has a delicate, sultry and soulful voice very reminiscent of the charismatic Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star). The album's minimal arrangements (just voice and acoustic guitar) serve her well. Midwinter is an excellent addition to even the most complete collection of Christmas carols and standards. -- Gail Worley, Worleygig.com
"Maya Solovey sings with emotion and raw authenticity, accompanied by refreshingly simple instrumentation. Her haunting voice reminds me of a female Sting." --Valerie Smalldone, Radio and Media Personality
“Maya Solovey defines Christmas like no other Jew since Irving Berlin.” --Moses Avalon, author, blogger, personality