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“Country fan or not, you can't deny that this beautiful and smoothly blended CD, with the lyricism and touching melodies of James Taylor, is above and beyond the norm of today's country pop. Whether you like your country tangy and twangy or just honestly reflective of the down-home wonders of simple livin', Cactus Choir Lightly brushes over CSNY harmonies, the old, 70's Kenny Loggins nostalgia and classic rock magic to please most everyone.”
“Katy Boyd not only has a genuine way with an authentic blend of folk and country but also an almost startlingly perceptive hand with tersely evocative lyrics (…) a way of packing a lot of imagery into a handful of words, almost haiku....so much so that you could teach a poetry class on it all. Like Tom Waits, she takes a hard-line on everyday life, finding in it desire, pathos, nobility, and the innumerable perplexities of, God help us, being human. Paper Hearts is a moody affair, turning, as Boyd is so adept at, that normally flowery phrase on its head. The ghost of Janis Ian's high period floats through her work,and (...) the CD is surprisingly easy to listen to despite some unhedgingly morose wordsmithing. I think this disc is going to force its listeners to re-arrange a few of their pre-conceptions and look a little more closely at just how uncompromisingly art can elicit re-inspections of frames of reference and clichéd views about 'how things are'.”
“KATY BOYD KATY BOYD/Paper Hearts: There’s something about living what you write that adds the blood and humanity to the work and Boyd is one of those singer/songwriters that walks it like she talks it. Coming back to music after a while away and finding herself in the midst of a bunch of Nanci Griffith hands, Boyd is one of those golden low key fires that burns like the original Chanukah candles. Practically a distaff Billy Joe Shaver, this is some of the meatiest songwriting this side of Townes Van Zandt. If you love the genre, be sure to check this out, it’s a winner throughout. ”