If you're ever asked to come up with the siren of Philadelphia, name Nancy Falkow as changes are big you have hit the right button as what this lady does here on her debutalbum "Smitten" absolutely tops the best of both Janis Ian and Suzanne Vega. Just forget about all the Alanis Morrisette-copies the musicbiz is giving us as this is the right thing! Anyway for Nancy after having made an EP that reached even London, she found all the possibilities to make her debut and she got the help from some great men...Ian Mac McLagan (founder member of The Small Faces and involved in The Rolling Stones) played on "Smitten". "Smitten" is the work of a woman who knows what she wants and with such an album, I am sure she can get everything she wants..."
"What a voice! It's textured, sweet and high, with a little rasp, absolutely no saccharin!"
"Falkow's close affiliation with Philly's Indre Studios has provided the attitude-laden songstress with a dynamic musical sense, giving her open-ended dramas a cool, breezy but resonant feel. Her songs have an air of dignity without seeming forced."
"Killing Time" ambles along in a way that suggests various '70's singer songwriters, but manages not to be derivative. 'Invisible,' co-written with Bachelor Number One's Scot Sax, off sets rave-up guitar strum with a breezy flower-power melody. The five songs on this debut CD have an intimate presence that makes you feel like you're hanging out at a café taking in the tunes. Pardon me while I freshen up my Mochaccino."
The tracks have a striking immediacy that perfectly highlights the raw emotion of Falkow's keening vocals. The disc nicely showcases her unique brand of folk pop."
"Etwas bluesig, etwas folkig."
"Occasionally, a performer threatened to rise above the just-me-and-my-guitar preciousness. Honey-voiced Nancy Falkow comes to mind."
"Nancy Falkow mesmerized the crowd with her supple emotive vocals- somewhere between the new wave pop perfection of Rachel Sweet and the soulful country of Lucinda Williams. She's been playing at pubs and cafes in the area a lot, but keep your eyes and ears out this season, Philadelphia's Falkow is definitely one to watch."
"Sharp lyrics and a unique voice set Nancy's sound far above the coffeehouse wannabes."
"Not many artists perform exceptionally well LIVE....Nancy Falkow kicks ASS live...check this out. Beautiful vocals, simple acoustic guitar strumming with a tastefully played bass in the background."
I could gush about Nancy until I turn blue in the face, but then again, just about everyone who hears Nancy's music feels the same way. The first song, 'Killing Time' is kinda soft and pretty, but the next track, 'Invisible' is a kinda retro rocker that is like the best mind-glue in existance. One listen and this'll be in your head for several weeks, after which you'll be a Nancy fan for life. Trust me on that. And yes, the other three tracks on the album are deserving too, 'In An Afternoon' is simply stunning as well. I strongly suggest you get this, you won't be sorry. The only downside of this EP is that it's way too short, something Nancy is currently remedying, she's working on a full-length CD!"
Nancy Falkow is the ultimate example of the awesome and often difficult to establish difference between mere folk pop and the genius of crafted composition....Her vocal range and tone is angelic in warmth and her music is laced with character and attitude, boasting a variety of stles unique in structure yet just familiar enough in style to grab hearts upon listen number one!"
ISWM INDIE PICK OF THE MONTH - 5 stars! Right from the start this CD grabs your attention. Nancy's dynamic vocals, and mesmerizing lyrics invite total concentration. Without any break in the continuity, each track bleeds into the other one without losing any ground. Forfeiting convention for creative flights of fancy, Nancy manages to bring us something artistically deviated, yet wholistically brilliant. A genuine work of understated excellence.
A quietly emotive disc, Smitten, by Philadelphia pop-folkie Falkow flows along nicely from track to track. Songs of devotion, love and other niceties are cut loose with acoustic and melodic treatments that translate into a pleasant, non-intrusive listening experience. Nancy's voice is a treat, and the orchestrated sentiments on many tracks, including cello, horns and vibraphone, give the whole thing a full sound."
Nancy Falkow has continued to make her mark on the Philadelphia music scene as one of its most knowledgable and insightful members as well as one of its premier songwriters."
"Ticketless, they are grateful for the chance to hear the Hurdy Gurdy Man through the wall. Local opener Nancy Falkow turns in an impressive set of chick-folk. (Later, Donovan will praise her pipes and tell her they are "karmically connected.") Then Donovan takes the stage and leads the crowd through a sing-along of his groovy songbook, spinning yarns of beatniks and Beatles, love-ins and pot busts."
"Opportunity knocked for local singer-songwriter Nancy Falkow, whose day job is being a manager at South Philadelphia's Indre Studios. U2 producer Daniel Lanois, who has a solo album due April 22, visited Indre last week to do a World Cafe session. The need for a backup singer arose; Falkow filled it. The show will air at 2 p.m. April 18 on WXPN."
"Songs from Smitten, the debut album by Philadelphia pop-folkie Nancy Falkow, have shown up on MTV's Undressed, the steamy late-night drama. Which makes Falkow happy for the exposure but philosophical: "When one 21-year-old hottie is [making out with] another 21-year-old hottie, do you think anyone's listening?"
"Could've Been Anymore," a cut from South Philadelphia singer-songwriter Nancy Falkow's album Smitten, has been picked to appear in the film Emmett's Mark. The film, starring Tim Roth and Gabriel Byrne, was shot here over the summer and is being edited for release next year."
Nancy sings like most of us breathe—with joy and grace. Her voice soars over your heart, warming you like whiskey.