BEST ALBUMS OF 2011 – #1
"unlike most of what passes for pop music these days, this is music with a sophisticated sound that has more in common with Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, and Elton John's early work -- and with the vaunted 4AD sound of the 80s and 90s that made albums by the Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, and Lush so listenable -- than any of the current chart-toppers featuring one-name artists hiding behind a homogenized army of faceless hit producers."
"The first half of 'II' waves and winks at girl-group flirt-pop spanning the past 50 years, while its final five tracks are contemporary triple-A rock songs fit to rotate through the left-hand side of the FM dial."
Sam Seiler, Special to the Journal Sentinel
"The good news is it's still catchy pop. The better news is that on 'Testa Rosa II' the pop is more varied and at times, well, almost symphonic."
Bobby Tanzilo - OnMilwaukee
"Sonically the album takes singer Betty Blexrud-Strigens’ haunted pop songs and muscles and massages them with hooks galore, at times echoing vintage girl-group 45s and other times hinting at 4AD dream-jangle."
Blaine Schultz - Express Milwaukee
".. refreshingly, the group sounds void of aspirations toward hipness and pays no allegiance to any one genre or period of time."
Todd Lazarksi - Milwaukee Magazine April 2011
"Testa Rosa isn’t Milwaukee’s flashiest or edgiest rock band, but on II it might be the most gorgeous."
Steven Hyden - AV Club