“Taking hold of our hearts with her emotionally rangy voice, she paints her tales of joy, sorrow, sinking, lamenting, hoping and overcoming as if life is an endless, non-linear river of challenges, defeats, attempts, survival and all the things that make it worth living.” Read more


“Sarah Mendelsohn’s debut solo CD, “IF” is one of those local artist offerings that make you wonder why this artist is not already signed and famous. “IF”, loaded with finely crafted, rich, tuneful songs, manages to be a complete album experience from bright beginning to glorious finale. In fact, much of Mendelsohn’s material defies category.” Read more


SARAH MENDELSOHN/If: A singer/songwriter with a strong presence in Boston brings a modern take on 70s divorcee pop that hit’s the target and might serve as a road map for millennials feeling dissatisfied with current tine and tide. A nice high water mark for the genre.

— CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher, Midwest Record 

“Anyone who knows Sarah Mendelsohn knows she’s a total pro. She has been a drummer and harmony singer for many years around Boston –most recently with the Duppy Conquerors, a superb Bob Marley tribute act. But she steps out front on her long-awaited debut solo album, “IF.” She sings with a raw, survivor’s emotion on tracks that include stately ballads and sturdy country, rock and island-flavored tunes, while adding rapper MC Kabir for extra panache on the inspiring “My Armour Opened.”  Mendelsohn gets knocked down in the opening “Drowning,” but is back with renewed optimism in “I Will Rise,” with the irrepressible lyric: “I may stumble and I may cry … and if I get knocked down, I will rise.” Simple sentiments, but sung with grace and strength. There’s much on this album to suggest a welcome, not-to-be-denied debut.”
 — STEVE MORSE, former staff music critic at the Boston Globe for 28 years who now teaches a Rock History course for Berklee College of Music