““Blessed with a huge contralto, Chorover doesn’t just have power and range to spare, her voice is wonderfully expressive, brimming with emotional depth, as are her nine originals, particularly Movin’ On and Little Bird. She even scores points with her covers, Townes Van Zandt’s rarely recorded Brother Flower, and Ewan McColl’s Dirty Old Town (which Van Zandt himself also covered). On top of all this, she’s superbly served by producer Casey Neill, who delivers a crisp, wide open spaces sound behind her. I know nothing about Portland’s A-list musicians, but will happily take the one-sheet’s word for it that these handpicked musos are the cream of the local crop.” **** (four stars)”
“Vocally, Chorover’s a powerhouse, reminiscent of soulful country legends Lucinda Williams and Iris Dement ... like all great song writers, Chorover has the unique ability to plant a vivid image in the mind of her audience. She bounced from acoustic to electric and opened with a cover of Dylan’s “Buckets of Rain”. Although this new album could simply be considered country, Chorover is more complex... an interesting hybrid of folk and soul that directs my fingers towards the Americana record isle. Chorover paused between songs to share their origin...“Off the Map” from her previous 2001 album with the same name, was written while she and her husband were exploring some abandoned back roads of Colorado. She carefully describes the strange feeling of wholeness she experienced while completely isolated from the rest of the world. As the moon traded places with the sun, Chorover gracefully closed her set. This was her first stop on a two and a half week tour. . ”
"Though Chorover’s twangy delivery places her squarely in a country and Americana tradition, her songs have soul that seems to be drawn from blues and gospel music. With aching honesty, goose bump harmonies and simple strength, the veteran musician emerges from her hiatus with a record that will introduce her to a a whole new world of fans."
"exactly the sort of folk/country mix I like, she has a great voice, some good songs, and the album is highly recommended. As - judging by the free downloads you can pick up at her website - are her two earlier albums"
“Katya Chorover has a perfect voice for country music, a warm, soulful alto that seems to tremble with unexpressed emotion. Even when she’s singing a happy song, there’s a trace of sorrow in her delivery, the sound of a teardrop caught in the back of her throat. It’s the sound all great country singers have. The band on Big Big Love crackles and Chorover’s vocals wrap around you like a favourite blanket on a cold night." ”
“The Review: There are albums that can lull you to sleep with repetitiveness and boredom. And there's others that act like one big lullaby, soft and sweet like a comfy down pillow. This album by Chorover is the latter. She pulls in some of the natural beauty of her surrounding Northwest mountains on titles like "Little Bird" and "Brother Flower." Each track has an comforting rhythm and draws on a little bluegrass influence. She even draws in a trumpet into the inspiring track "Cavalries of Love." Graceful. Poetic. Delicate. And all draped in acoustic roots. It's a great independent effort. Stand-out tracks- "Little Bird" and "Possession"”
““Thanks for turning me on to Katya Chorover! Just made my first new music purchase of 2012!””
“...a beautiful melodic snap shot of migration, loss and eventual redemption. Katya's voice makes me think of a young Nanci Griffith and she has the ability and delicate grace to make the mind conjure windswept mountain ranges filled with long lost love. The album includes standout tracks Cavalries of Love, Little Bird and Satisfied Life. Big Big love would sit well on your 2012 playlists!”
"Katya Chorover has received eight (8) spins so far this week here at WERU. Our Americana morning drive disc jockeys seem to love the album so far. Thanks for sending it along to us!"
““Just got Katya’s CD on Thursday. It’s great! I’ll pass along to our Folk programmer here at the station. Guaranteed airplay!””
“Chorover's songs... tell stories of personal, ordinary experiences that become universally meaningful in the telling.”
“ "new to me, but love, love, love her singing!!" ”
“Katya's cover of Townes Van Zandt's song Brother Flower was selected as a "Best of 2011" cover song by Joshua Farber of the influential blog Cover Lay Down: "...our mandate here at Cover Lay Down is artist-centric; we consider ourselves folkbloggers first and foremost. The point of our biweekly forays into the folkworld is to introduce you to the best of the singer-songwriter, roots, americana, bluegrass, and contemporary folk rock and folkpop canon; coverage is, in the end, a vehicle, to provide an entry into the craft and appreciation of those artists through the comfort zone of familiar song. And artists, knowing this, are increasingly prone to cover a song or two along the way, granting both a sense of their sound and an exposition of their influence. Like so many of the songs we posted in part one... every one of them gives me chills. Taken together, subjective though they are, they offer a challenge to 2012 and beyond."”
“I am very tired of all my music, except for one album that I continue listening to over and over: yours [Off the Map]. I still think its incredible, and timeless.”
"Genuinely reminiscent of early Emmylou Harris"
“I like it when someone I don't know about comes around and sounds great. You and Gram Parsons would have been a great pair! Great stuff! ”
"Katya Chorover’s music, embodies a peace that transcends the noise of modern life"