“In some ways, it's not fair that Nashville and Memphis are in the same state — and we're not just talking about food items like hot chicken or dry-rubbed pork ribs. Rather, in musical terms, Memphis (and soul and blues) and Nashville (country) are each a top destination for aspiring songwriters and artists. It's interesting, then, that Boston's Juliet Simmons Dinallo has, on her "No Regrets" and "Dream Girl" albums, effortlessly and simultaneously captured the sonic allure of both towns. An objective observer might suggest Simmons Dinallo's lovely voice and songs owe more to the C&W tradition, but — as with artists like Kim Richey or Lucinda Williams — there's a warm but sneaky vibe suggesting plenty of soul.”
“Its combination of grit and equanimity makes Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos’ No Regrets an assured full-length debut — the record skirts Americana, but it’s more formally acute than the genre’s usual country-rock pastiches. North Carolina native Juliet Simmons Dinallo sings in a soulful alt-country voice on such originals as “Narcissus,” and her songs — most written with guitarist Michael A. Gray — breathe life into time-honored tropes of individualism and constraint. The Boston band benefits from the production of Ducky Carlisle and Michael Dinallo, who add chiming guitars and accordion to the mix. At its best, No Regrets suggests the influence of Southern-style power pop — with its nervous, Beatles-esque chord changes, “Last Kiss” could almost be an outtake from The dB’s Like This. Juliet’s songs are as tough as her vocals: “Goodbye to you / I deflect all those daggers that you self-project,” she sings on the title track, and you believe her.”
“Americana music that gets foot-tappin’ at times, Juliet is raunchy in “Narcissus,” my favorite song, and wails a weeper in the ballad “Song For You.” She goes Nashville in the country/ soul “Learn to Love Again” and the country pop/ rock “Last Kiss.” I love “Unkindest Cut,” sorta like Pure Prairie League meets Lucinda Williams. I can also hear the Neil Young influence in “Wishing Well” and Emmylou Harris in “Faded Highway.” Produced by Ducky Carlisle and Michael Dinallo, I would imagine they perform on this project also. Most of the songs are written or co-written by Juliet and the music jumps out of the speakers. For both your dancing and listening pleasure check out the jangling guitars and versatile vocals the next chance you get.”
“Being compared by critics to Lucinda Williams and making the CMA CloseUp Magazine’s “Who New To Watch in 2013” list have got to be hard to live up to, but Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos do just that with their debut album, No Regrets. The final track here is her finest moment – the waltz “Learn to Love Again” – where she must dip into someplace deep for such longing in her performance. Not since Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine” has ¾-time deserved a spot back on contemporary radio playlists. (Please hit the link to read full review.)”
“Pop-country with a bite. In a nutshell, that’s what Boston-based Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos are offering on No Regrets, the band’s debut album. But “in a nutshell” is hardly the way to describe the virtues of No Regrets, or to indicate the immense promise Juliet Simmons Dinallo holds in her roles as songwriter (or co-writer) and lead vocalist. On the most affecting tune here, “Faded Highway,” concerning a soul completely adrift in a world full of people similarly disenfranchised, she brings it all together: the writing, replete with striking metaphors and incisive personal confessions in honky tonk weeper fueled by lap steel, betrays a Rosanne Cash-like gift for unadorned, poetic confessions, which are further enhanced by a nuanced vocal that rises from a measured ache to a bruised shout. PLEASE READ THE FULL REVIEW BY HITTING THE LINK TO DEEP ROOTS”
"Before the financial crash a few years ago, there was a wealth of indie cowpunk and insurgent country records that were just mind blowing and coming out on a regular basis. Then it dried up. This set heralds the return of left of center country. Taking the weight of the world off Elizabeth Cook’s shoulders, Juliet Simmons fuses the various sincerities of Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams into her own special stew loaded with the flavor your ears have been missing. Take that sippy cup country, this is the real deal. Hot stuff."
"Boston may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think about gritty, soulful country-rock music, but this debut album from singer-songwriter Juliet Simmons Dinallo and her band might be enough to change that. Her voice (which at times comes close to the rough-edged operatic beauty of a young Maria McKee) is the star of the show, but the band’s loose-limbed power is an essential element of this album’s success."
“This impressive debut from Boston area-based Juliet Simmons Dinallo was produced by Dinallo’s husband, Michael, and his partner and Radio Kings bandmate, Ducky Carlisle. No Regrets shows what contemporary country could have been and maybe still could be if it was reined in and steered away from a homogenous and often colorless path. “Faded Highway” is another of Juliet’s originals, one with the feel of a lost Hank Williams tune and a title to match. On this one husband Michael is a one-man “wall of acoustic guitar,” layering one over another but never getting in his own way. “Learn To Love Again” is a tender waltz with strains of the Band showing through and electric guitar from Jonas Kahn. Of course most of the records you hear on the radio feature top-notch musicians. Dinallo’s songs and lovely voice put this one in front of the pack. It’s the unifying element of the music and it’s as clear and refreshing as a cool country stream.”
“The album kicks off with the roots-pop of the title track, finds time on “Wishing Well” for a bit of Neil Young crunch before bending to bring in a delicious, poppy “ooh ooh” chorus, adds some meat-and-potatoes rock ’n’ roll with the snarling “Narcissus” (“he’ll never love you like he loves himself”) and culminates in the intense shimmer of “Learn to Love Again.” But the album’s most affecting moment might be its simplest: On the gorgeous “Winter Night,” accompanied only by guitar, Simmons Dinallo’s voice rings, as crisp and clear as the winter night she’s singing about.”
“May I suggest the decidedly more rocky road of the oh-so- hip Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos. Their No Regrets (Tree O Records) gets down with everything from roots-rock to New Orleans action to country-soul balladry. They may be from Boston but the south is in their soul. Singer Juliet Simmons is the key. Like a cross between Emmylou and Lucinda, she positively wails. Strong. Independent. Satisfying. What a debut! Hey, the real stuff is out there. You just have to find it. These 10 tracks sparkle and rock yet lay back and groove: all 10 are gems. Turn off your country radio. ”
“The music is a fine blend of roots-laden rock with a lilting country twang. Think a slightly tamer Son Volt or Neil Young's country side. Band leader Juliet Simmons Dinallo's vocals are heart-wrenching as well and complement the twang of the other players in the band. Her vocals are like a combo of Lucinda Williams and Kathleen Edwards.”
“Juliet And The Lonesome Romeos lay down plenty of roots rock grit on their new CD No Regrets. The authenticity with which lead singer and songwriter Juliet Simmons croons and or belts out her tunes cannot be denied. She has an easy going, gliding rasp to her timbre that moves around silkily while staying true to honky tonk colors. Juliet And The Lonesome Romeos have come up with a roots rock album that’s as Americana as the 1950s gasoline pump on the front cover and the red, white, and blue bikini top Simmons sports on the back. Exceptionally good at rootsie song craft, Simmons brings it all to life with a voice that’s pure as fresh honey and as woefully mournful as a setting sun.”
"Heart-hitting - Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos are a group whose new songs sound as if they should be on country or pop radio ... fresh and emotionally charged, as though Juliet were a long-lost sister of Lucinda Williams.”