“The EP is a collection of 6 piano-driven songs, held together by a very tasteful production and “less is more” arrangements that truly work to push the songs, rather than slowing down a perfect performance with the weight of an overload of futile ornaments. The dominating sounds on these recordings are definitely Lauren´s vocals and keys. The rhythm section dives in smoothly, with a minimalistic approach and a jazz-oriented vibe. The performances are all very organic and dynamic, captured in a way that was definitely inspired by the old-school of sound recording (think warm compression, spacious and dark vintage reverb tones…) “Heart in a Box” is also an emotional outlet for the singer, who filled the songs with heartfelt and emotional lyrics about life and relationships. The songs manage to remain very introspective without sounding too melancholic, keeping the music dynamic and colorful throughout the release.”
“There is a great blend of music also where she has a mix of vocals ranging from Gwen Stefani to Amy Winehouse. A great jazzy/blues mix with "Poison". Not to put pressure on her but these are merely comparisons. She/others may disagree with my statement but she has a comparable range, not pop music styling - this is deeper than that. She has a style her own, like keeping the opening for "Sunset" then into the great mixing of voices for the backups with the great beat as well. This is fantastic stuff folks - and surprise coming from me, this is not heavy metal music. ”
“It is a piano driven set fueled by Lauren’s strong vocals. Electric guitar gives the somewhat soft sounding songs a bit of an edgy vibe. Influenced by David Bowie and Cabaret, she isn’t shy about belting it out vocally.”
“Lauren’s EP Heart in a Box is a fairly strait forward foray into the retro rock of yesterday, but there is something remarkably genuine about Lauren’s delivery. Even tracks like the campy rocker “Poison” possess a wonderfully unpretentious vibe. Perhaps the difference is Lauren is really having fun making this music and it has found its way into the recordings. Either way, it is pulled off with class and style. It is a lovely listen and indicative of Lauren’s strengths as a performer and musician. Harding’s full length LP is due out early 2013 and is sure to please fans from Carol King to Katy Perry”
“Her vocals become the main focus on the slow jazz of “Shooting Stars” and “My Heart Flies.” The passion in Lauren’s vocals are felt in the EP’s opening song “Give It Away” as the beat of drum gives the song an extra appeal. It’s great how Lauren disguises the dark subject of the “Poison” with her sweet sounding voice. The album closes with one of the few upbeat moments in the jazz/folk song, “Sunset.””
“Lauren Harding’s stellar EP “Heart in a Box” is a quirky mix of sex appeal and casual pop. There is an intimate nature to her vocal delivery that makes one feel like they are right next to her, inhaling the smokey misgivings of her past relationships. Check out the sultry and sexy video for her single “Shooting Stars” and make sure to visit her site for the whole EP.”
“Lauren Harding’s Heart in a Box is an interesting listen. Between the piano-led pop and rock tracks, which feature their share of funky sounds and create moods perfect for a seedy portion of a musical, and Lauren Harding’s alternately small and big voice, the album plays like one long pleasant surprise.”
"The evening opened at 7:30 with The Steal Hearts, which isn’t actually a band, but rather three female songwriters from southern California (namely, Lyndzie Taylor, Lauren Harding and Mallory Trunnell) who are traveling and performing together. Their half-hour set consisted of a variety of songs in the pop/rock vein, at times quirky and whimsical, at other times angst-driven, but at all times passionate. A great opening set that introduced the crowd to some fresh talent.