"When I heard Lourdes Perez's music for the first time I could hardly believe this woman existed. With her latest release. Este Filo, it is clear that Lourdes Perez lives up to her reputation as one of the great Latin American singer/songwriters. ...beautifully crafted words, spilling out like little gems. The songs can be urgent and dramatic, raging against violence and injustice. They can be comforting and nostalgic, memories of loved ones and promises kept. Whatever mood the music creates, it never feels forced. It seems to pour out of her so naturally, effortlessly. It draws you in and you find yourself raging, remembering, laughing and loving along with her." Full article here.
"...phenomenal acoustic guitar player...ultimately, Perez most impressive instrument is her
voice...picture Edith Piaf astride a Harley, revving her engine in front of the International
Headquarters of the Powers That Be"
"Lourdes Perez stands on the vanguard of excellence, with passion she delivers the insides of a Puerto Rican Soul. Her Music is compelling and dynamic, she can easily be compared to any number of modern day greats. Breathing life into a number of songs, she is an island who remains true to a dying art form. A modern day poet, living and breathing the struggles of an island fighting to retain its History and identity."
"A true Champion of the Puerto Rican cause, a Puerto Rican Tracy Chapman, but better. A National Treasure, which must be honored her life time. A pioneer fighting to keep a old art form alive. Tears of joy shall overcome you, once you listen to this songbird glorious outtake on life."
"A warm voice and well crafted guitar playing combine to make this more than a folk album. Perez touches the intellect and the heart, the spirit and the senses in a collection of songs that can seduce and stir it up! The recording captures the timbre of the voice, one of the few albums you can hear the ache of the words. One or two live tracks come as a surprise because the consistency of performance and production create an intimate experience for the listener throughout the entire record, as if she is sitting and playing on the bed next to you or in your favorite chair.
A wonderful album. The only folk thing is that Lourdes is a lover of people and ideas. Think of many great women singer/songwriters - Lourdes is among them."
"Known for her spine-rattling contralto and politically conscious lyrics, Lourdes Pérez's newest CD, Selections From Tres Oraciones -- her first album since 1997's Vestigios -- has a decidedly dramatic flair, perhaps because many of the songs were created for theatre and dance performances over a four-year period. Her hearty voice captivates, but the addition of piano (Kay Sparks), cello (Margaret Coltman-Smith), violin (Javier Chaparro), and accordion (Eva Ybarra) complement Pérez's gut-wrenching delivery."