Entertainment Weekly - 2/16/01, p.98
"...Her Lilith-appropriate folk-pop will resonate with the romantically plagued, Brooke is wiser and more adventurous than many cliched contemporaries..." - Rating: B
Personnel includes: Jonatha Brooke (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukelele, piano, keyboards, bass); Neil Finn, Michael Franti (vocals); Goffrey Moore (electric guitar); Gerri Sutyak (cello); Mitchell Froom (organ); Joe Sample (keyboards); John Pierce, Darren Embry, Marcus Miller (bass): Pete Thomas, Larry Aberman (drums).
Producers: Jonatha Brooke, Bob Clearmountain, Ryan Freeland.
Personnel: Jonatha Brooke (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, piano, Wurlitzer organ, background vocals); Kenya Hathaway (vocals, background vocals); Michael Franti, Neil Finn (vocals); Geoffrey Moore, Val McCallum (electric guitar); Gerri Sutyak (cello); Ryan Freeland (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, programming, drum programming, loops); Joe Sample (Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ); Mitchell Froom (organ); Larry Aberman (drums, percussion); Pete Thomas (drums); Bob Clearmountain (percussion, drum programming, loops, background vocals); David Boucher (drum programming, background vocals); Dennis White (drum programming).
Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
Editor: David Boucher.
Photographer: Melanie Nissen.
Arranger: Ryan Freeland.
Jonatha Brooke quietly cornered a substantial audience for her simple, yet elegant songs through two albums as half of the early-'90s duo the Story, three subsequent solo releases (two studio, one live), and an electric, engaging live show. Released on her own Bad Dog Records, STEADY PULL furthers her escalating reputation. What separates Brooke from the pack is her passionate sincerity, and a talent for producing honest, compelling stories.
"Linger" lives up to its name, with the infectious, memorable refrain of a truly remarkable pop song. Wonderful guest shots abound, like Spearhead's Michael Franti growling underneath the chorus of the enthralling title track, Neil Finn's vocal help on the gentle "New Dress," and Joe Sample's spiraling keyboards on the sweetly winding "How Deep Is Your Love." STEADY PULL is an album that sounds better the more its understated beauty soaks in.