"Susan, indeed, is one of the late masters of old-style, pre-psychedelic surf guitar...”
- Ron Garmon, "All Shook Down", SF Weekly
"The material is chockablock full of strong melodies on tracks like the Doors-quoting “Shore” and the dance-along number “Checker” as well as classics-in-the-making cuts like “Tide,” “Chance” and “Subduction." - Doug Simpson, Campus Circle
"I would honestly put her up against any of the greats, she is truly that amazing... The album is 12 songs in length, and every single song is utterly amazing and the album just gets better and better, not only as each song goes into the next, but also each time you listen to it."
- Mark Lewis, Rock Over America
"...the next chapter in Yasinski’s wordless—but always engaging—aquatic-themed adventure recalls Summer 1964 without sacrificing 21st century sheen. " - Peter Roche, The Cleveland Sound
"She plays great surf guitar...and there's not a sinker on this gem..The last track is The Doors' "Riders on the Storm" and she makes Jim Morrison proud." - Ginger Coyote, Punk Globe
"Susan SurfTone does a marvelous job on Shore with not only the rupturing guitar and percussion, but also the production. She is a musician who certainly knows what she's doing when it comes down to creating a musical composition. With this unique surfer music, SurfTone is keeping alive a genre that solely revolves around the importance of the music."
- Kayla Yandoli, Verbicide
"Her bouncy track “Chance” made me want to grab a surfboard, while the blistering guitar solo on “Subduction” made me want to learn a few chords. But it’s “Compression” that has me pressing repeat." - Shannon, Bust Magazine Blog
"...Shore, a terrific collection of surf rock tunes that—believe it or not—don't all sound the same."
- Jeff Niesel, Whopperjaw
"The sound is great and Susan really rips on guitar. It's just fun to listen to. Over and over. She's gotta be the Queen of the Surf Guitar." - Jim Kaplan, Record Collector News
"If you feel all twanged out and don’t want to catch the next wave of surf rock, you haven’t heard this." (7) J.C. - John Cummins, Montreal Mirror
"Portlander Susan SurfTone (Yasinski) demonstrates enviable chops and a keen understanding of instrumental elegance.... And unlike a lot of flashy upstarts, SurfTone’s approach is incisive and restrained; she eschews flurries of notes in favor of a tasteful fluidity that bobs and weaves like a buoy in stormy seas." - John Chandler, Portland Monthy (Blog)
" ...her light ’n’ loungey style also recalls the influence jazzers like Johnny Smith and Charlie Christian had on the Ventures’ Bob Bogle and Don Wilson and other early surf players." - Peter Aaron, Chronogram
"She's clearly adroit with her weapon of choice, mixing skill with feeling in ways too many guitar slingers sacrifice for fiery flashes of wankery, and her backing band give her all the room she needs to shine."
- Jimmy Alvarado, Razorcake
"This is what instrumental experimentation sounded like before punk, psyche and feedback rewrote the songbook." - Roctober Magazine Reviews
"Lesbian guitar goddess Susan Surftone certainly lives up to her name on "Shore." Like a female Dick Dale, Surftone rides the rocking and rolling waves of surf guitar, hanging 10 on the frets and strings. You can practically smell the ocean and surfboard wax on such original tracks as "Jade," "Tide," "Compression," "Chance," "Subduction" and her cover of the Doors' "Riders on the Storm."
- Gregg Shapiro, Wisconsin Gazette.com
"Asking little from the listener but to sit back and enjoy, "Shore" is a real day at the beach." - Winnie McCroy, The Edge Magazine, Dig These Discs
" Susan Surftone explores garage rock at the beach house on her 12-track endeavor SHORE. Subtle layers of organ assist Surftone’s crystal clear guitar tone to drop sunshine (“Checker”) on vintage rock rhythms that swing with the swagger of an after dark rock ‘n roll soiree (“Chance”). Harkening back to the 50’s and 60’s for influence, Surftone keeps the tiki bar sound at the forefront with bluesy licks and a surf rock backbone (“Subduction”) providing the foundation for her amalgamation of musical inspiration." - Mike SOS, Ear Candy Mag
"Modern acts have incorporated the surf vibes into their music with the twangy reverbed out fender sound and the extended snare drum rolls but few have set out to make a full on surf album. Susan SurfTone has stepped up and done so with "Shore." 11 tracks with one word titles all under 4 minutes finished off with a 12th; a killer 7 minute plus instrumental cover of The Doors' "Riders on the Storm." The amps are cranked on this album and the kitschy vibes are authentic.The craftsmanship is superb, nailing the 60's instrumental sound with some fantastic guitar playing from Susan. This is a modern surf gem that deserves a place alongside those dusty Ventures records."
- Ross Severson, R.A.D. Vinyl
"My staff pick for this week is an all instrumental piece from one of the best chick guitar players I have heard. Renowned producer Steve Kravac brought out something great in Susan and the album is a great cure for some cold winter blues."
- A.J. Rivera, The Silver Tongue Online
"Yasinski's compositions use the surf format not only to deploy lotsa great riffs in concise structures...but also to explore how to balance four instruments so that they mesh like perfectly fitted cogs in a finely claibrated machine." - Steve Holtje, Culture Catch (October Review Roundup)
"An instrumental album, Shore is a wonderful melding of both a familiar surf rock sound along with a less expected garage punk/trash rock sprinkling on some tracks, so that the album lifts everything a leap away from the predictable, becoming something that sparks my ears which always love a well worked fresh juxtaposition of genres." - Robert Jaz, (Forces Of Geek)
"A crackling collection of instrumental surf and garage tunes..." - Robert Ham, The Oregon Music News
".....beyond competent and with signature moves from Ms. SurfTone on lead guitar all over it." - Doug Mosurock, Still Single (Dusted Magazine)
"You get the sense that surf is Susan's native tongue, and any other musical material she wants to use is going through that filter first."
"What's most striking about Shore is that it's not a party record -- more of a listening album, with an air of moody melancholy hiding behind the thumping surf beat." - Ken Shimamoto, Stash Dauber (Fort Worth, TX)
"With an impressive number of albums and worldwide tours on her résumé, SurfTone is playing live again for the first time in a very long time, on the weight of her excellent 2011 album Shore, a collection of bouncy, instrumental surf tunes that are notable for their wholly unironic qualities as much as their sturdiness." - Ryan J. Prado, Portland Mercury
"Susan Surftone (nee Yasinski) may not play surf music with the guitar-string torturing speed of Dick Dale or the punkish exuberance of Los Straitjackets, but there's something about her laid-back, clear-eyed guitar tone that goes down sweet and smooth like a well mixed frozen cocktail. In that respect, the songs on her 2011 album Shore recall no less than the unheralded kings of instrumental rock the Ventures. Like that long-running group, Susan Surftone is a keen interpreter of other's work (Shore features a sparkling cover of "Riders On The Storm") and her originals maintain a feeling of buoyant, crystal blue bliss." - Robert Ham, Willamette Week
"SurfTone has made Portland her home for more than a decade now, and has put out an engaging, upbeat solo album titled, “Shore,” which will immediately send you to the beach for some serious blanket bingo." - Rob Cullivan, Portland Tribune
"Susan has an original and easily-indentifiable sound, that bespeaks the many years she has spent plying her craft." - SP Clarke, blog.buko.net/gbu
"The album kicks off with the song "Shore," coasting in atop a throwback '60s organ that might have felt at home on an old British Invasion or U.S. garage band tune. SurfTone plays not only a clean, effects-free guitar, but also the organ and bass on the album." - Jake Ten Pas, The Oregonian
"Shore is incredibly chill, and never overwhelming." - Cody Hudson, Slug Magazine
"It is without question an entry into surf rock's canon, but it's one that side-steps a great deal of the retro fetishizing and garish camp that often accompanies genres so heavily indebted to the past." - Graham Scala, RVA Magazine
Susan SurfTone has been playing guitar for a long time. In the 1990's through the early 2000's she released several recordings and toured with Susan and the SurfTones. The band's approach to instrumental surf music was more of a traditional surf guitar approach more in line with The Ventures as opposed to Dick Dale.
With the release of her first CD, "Shore" as Susan SurfTone, her style evolved to more of a rock/pop style incorporating Surf, '60's Garage, Blues, British Invasion and '70's/'80's Punk/New Wave. She does not sound like anyone else nor does she fit into the reverb-drenched traditional style of what many know as "surf music". This is a new modern approach for a genre that is often regarded as static.