"More than a line of teas or the 16th President, Pat Parra is honest. With his debut record Stages, he lays bare all his feelings, insecurities, loves, and hates for all to hear, for better or for worse. He goes so far as to use his mortifying third grade yearbook photo for the cover. The album is an eclectic amalgamation of bedroom and bathroom recordings encompassing everything from falsetto to freestyle, acoustic strums to electrobeats. In “Bike Riding,” Parra confesses his love for a bank teller with the most charming of hooks. He swiftly moves from the butterflies of blossoming love to that sinking feeling in your stomach when you know things are over in “Bitch Cheated.” When he’s said all he wants to say, he covers Jeff Buckley’s “Jewel Box” oh so delicately. Pat Parra offers his everything in this record with no front, genuinely beautiful and fun, like the man himself."
Mesh Magazine by Bryan Derballa of lovebryan.com
"Love, heartbreak, bike riding, tofu… is there more to life? Really?! Pat Parra sums it all up on this wonderful disc. Fans of the recent Why? releases will appreciate this emotionally heavy, acoustic guitar driven and incredibly funny/wry/sardonic album from the guitar playing/singing/rapping Pat Parra. often displays emo-hop sensibilities…and even has a beat boxing track, some dj cuts, a couple nice beats from Caveman and Fayez…" P-Minus of truehiphop.com