"With singer/songwriter Beth McDonald, music is intensely personal. All aspects of music—performance, composition, arrangement, song choice and delivery—are branded with McDonald's vision. Her liner notes are full of mention of her family, motherhood and love. Her style is 1920s-1940s standards waxing nostalgic (yet still freshly modern) of the simpler, more wholesome things in life. This feeling is enhanced by her scrubbed, girl-next-door appearance and honest singing style. There is no vocal bragging here with excessive scatting and vocalese, just old and new songs well sung and played.
McDonald's repertoire choice is tart and intelligent as a spring strawberry bursting in your mouth.
McDonald's song writing skills are exceptional.
Vocalists have rarely painted within the lines with such success, avoiding boring performances. Beth McDonald deserves much, much more attention and the jazz public deserves to hear much, much more of her."
- C. Michael Bailey, AllAboutJazz.com