“…performed live by the marvelous Mr. Brookshire, on vocals and piano…The arrangements are stripped down and seductively vibrant.”–Brian Seibert, The New York Times

“The fabulous singer-songwriter Matthew Brookshire joins the carnival.”–The New Yorker

“Similarly somber and in control is the presence of the singer and songwriter Matthew Brookshire…While playing the piano, he sings Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” and a soulful rendition of Ms. Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”…Whenever Mr. Brookshire sings, “Pow” turns intimate, allowing for an enticing sort of melodrama to creep into the piece.”–Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

“By midway, when singer-songwriter Matthew Brookshire sang Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” in swelling Elton John fashion, I was primed for odd revelations. I found myself thinking that maybe high-strung modern dance could be loved by millions.”–Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times

“Somewhere between a ukelele-playing Jeff Buckley and a sober Shane McGowan” –

“Actually kinda beautiful”–Dan Savage, The Stranger

“Dulcet-voiced folk singer”–Financial Times

“…the kind of music that I want to listen to enough so that I can learn the words, because the stories are so good.”–

“Amazing ditty”–

“Brookshire is a gem; his original music and sweet, folksy voice add to the intriguingly lonely-yet-interconnected world conjured throughout the work.”–Jennifer Thompson, Eye on The Arts, NY

“The music of Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Matthew Brookshire makes an enormous contribution to the work’s coherence and emotional power. There are some brilliant covers. He gives Eisley’s chirpy “Tree Tops” an appropriately brittle edge and his rendition Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf,” accompanied by the drone of a harmonium, replaces the original’s cocksure cheek with so much longing it’s practically sinister. Brookshire’s original work, which he performs on guitar, ukulele and harmonium, is no less affecting. He sets the botanical names of some of Prospect Park’s specimen trees—Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’, Querqus alba, Pinus densiflora—to a haunting melody. Sung in his beautiful, plangent tenor, it sounds like a prayer. If there’s a god of trees, surely he’ll be blessed.” –Kathleen O’Connell,