““Joanie Leeds is that cool babysitter who would let you try on her lip gloss once your mom left the house. You idolized her, and your mom knew she could trust her. That’s Joanie. Only she’s also likely to completely ROCK THE ROOF OFF YOUR HOUSE! And a ticket to her show just might run you a few clams less than an hour of babysitting in 2011.””
"Her tuneful melodies and rich, funny and thoughtful child-respecting lyrics give depth and irresistible zip to songs about sunglasses at the beach, goodnight hugs, popcorn popping and creative blame-shifting ("It Was the Elf")."
"Electric guitars and Leeds's belting vocals make this rock-and-roll. You won't be able to resist the urge to sing along pretending your hairbrush is a microphone. Most of the tunes provide you with a great way to free your inner rock star".
"Local chanteuse Joanie Leeds's latest will be a hit with young zoologists in the making—every song on the CD features a different animal friend. Listen up for a take on the traditional "Froggie Went a Courtin'" with an appearance from rapper Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, a cover of the Phish song "Possum" and the sweet original "My Butterfly."
"If You Go...is one of the catchiest pieces of music I've heard in a long time. And Leeds, with her pure pop vocals, is just as adept at sweet ballads, as evidenced by the lovely "Hummingbird" and "My Butterfly." This is one of the best albums of the year so far.
“In addition to providing infectious kidtunes, What a Zoo is a springboard to learning more about different kinds of animals. Most of the music is folky, but Leeds and the Nightlights prove they can also rock out, giving kids another reason to get up and dance, imitate animals, or just get silly."”
"The buoyant “If You Go” is both the highlight of, and the tune that encapsulates the entire album. At it’s core is 2 1/2 minutes of animals sounds, which generally is akin to water torture, but “If You Go” features an infectious backbeat, including a strong, steady tambourine, and is brilliant head-bopping fun – just like the rest of “What a Zoo!”, Joanie Leeds’ best kindie album yet."
"What A Zoo: We loved Joanie’s last album, so when she added animal-themed songs, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and a cover of “Froggie Went a Courtin,” we knew we were in for more of her trademark top-notch pop. We weren’t disappointed!"
“Joanie's thoughtful, introspective singing style and penchant for writing tender, fragile ballads find her treading the same musical turf as Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco, Aimee Mann, and other chroniclers of romance and relationships.”