“Haunting, magical, soothing.”
-The Great Black North Blog
"..Brooke Campbell with whose shivery, breathless voice and deep-toned acoustic guitar playing I fell in love after hearing her perform live. I don't know why she isn't better known-I haven't been more impressed with a singer-songwriter since I first heard Jonatha Brooke."
-Terry Teachout, Drama Critic, The Wall Street Journal - "About Last Night" - Blog
Singer Brooke Campbell's The Escapist isn't a music CD -it's an art piece waiting for itself to complete. She possesses a voice that settles like a bird into a chamber of cellos and violins at first billowing like a Harold Budd composition- until the Björk / Kate Bush encantations center everything and direct the arrangements. The autumn beauty of each piece is sublime, with as much hiding tremulously as emerging and warming itself in the setting sun. Near the close of Sparkle, as in Ice Covers the North, the strings rise and enfold her once more, splicing the mysterious with the earthy.
Sugar Spoon is quite Rickie Lee Jones-ish, circa that magnificent first LP, and it's here that a wisely chosen percussion embellishes the keening atmospherics within a sketchily lush skyscape. This continues into Invalid, where Campbell dons clear strong verses in front of a lovelorn piano, a recital for a theater of wistful ghosts, echoes swirling through the curtained shafts of night dust and shadowy spaces. When everything drifts off into the distance, you're left waiting for the second act.
-Folk & Acoustic Music Review
"...fluttering violins and trickling piano---confessions, both heartwarming and dark. The Escapist is an imaginative and well written storybook."
-Chris Macintosh - WCWP Radio-Long Island
- Jennifer Rosa-Founder/Producer of Music Forum & The Stoop Concert Series (TheStoopNY.com)