Shepherd’s compositions are highly original and sensitive… Delicious dissonances sit within tight vocal harmonies. Yiddish or Slavic–style melodies ebb and flow. And here and there we hear a classical vocal style, something more operatic, or a flourish of a music theatre. Instrumental styles are just as varied: musical modes weave together with a klezmer-sounding clarinet, jazz–style saxophone and …rock guitar.
Polina′s piano playing enhances her distinctly beautiful compositions. The music expresses contemplation, exuberance, humour and pathos.
Singer Polina Shepherd …combines virtuoso vocal talent with raw emotional delivery. She plumbs energy from the same archetypical sources that make blues and flamenco singing so powerful.
Portuguese American Journal