Life just is not fair. First, Susan House has a cookin' voice one of those airy pop instruments with richly-jeweled jazz undertones...Click here to download the full Review of Gifts of the Season.” - Carol Swanson at
”And ‘The Light of Christmas’ certainly deserves numerous spins on those egg nog nights” (click link below to read the entire review).” - Kyrby Raine

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”Susan House has written a cute Christmas tale, one that’ll put a grin on your face…” (Click link below to read the entire review).” - Kyrby Raine

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As far as Christmas albums go, it doesn't get any better than this. I've received a number of Xmas-themed discs the past couple of weeks, and "Gifts of the Season" from Susan House ( is the only one I'm going to review. And praise it I shall...Click here to read entire review.” - Adam Harrington

Whisperin & Hollerin

SUSAN HOUSE Misbehavin’ Heart [5 Oranges] Gifts of the Season [4 Oranges] House specialties principally concocted for Filipino jazz enthusiasts It is rare to find an album that soothes the soul and makes you want to believe in enchantment and prevalence of first-class taste. Though the latter is pretty much impossible, not in this reality at least; the former, on the other hand is quite within reach. The album alluded to is Susan House’s marvelous “Misbehavin’ Heart”, a collection of jazz standards. And when we say “jazz”, we don’t mean Kenny G. Once you pop the CD into your player, the music will transport you to another place [no, the CD does isn’t laced with LSD] where you can imagine Susan the chanteuse as she appears on the back of the cover, wearing a dainty hat and an exquisite long sleeved blouse adorned with fluffy lapels, singing in a dimly lit, smoky lounge with Dick Tracy in the crowd. Not an exaggeration or even a smidgen of unmitigated hyperbole, Susan House’s renditions of classics like the sultry “Summertime”, the elegant “Blue Moon”, and Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll” will surely take you places. It might not be the same place depicted above but, well, you get the idea. Moreover, as if the fates weren’t feeling philanthropic enough, we also have in our hands House’s Christmas extravaganza “Gifts of the Season.” Deliriously sentimental holiday classics litter the CD. What would a Christmas album be like without “Let It Snow, Let it Snow, Let It Snow!”, “White Christmas”, “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, and the slit-your-throat “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” all done in a style that House employs. This ‘technique’, for the benefit of those who have not heard any of her stuff, is a bit more conventional than what Norah Jones is well-known for however it is not less inspiring. It is also important to mention that “Gifts of the Season” is not all covers. House co-wrote 3 original Christmas songs with David Gerstenberger on the album. The tracks fit in nice and snug with the oldies, I’m glad to say. The kicker though is the magnificent “Silent Night.” The version, recorded with former VIVA Records artist Norm Santarin, is Susan House’s unanticipated and heartwarming gift to Filipinos. The song has the potential to rival Gary Valenciano’s “Pasko Na Sinta Ko” in the maudlin category, the only difference is that House and Santarin’s ‘Silent Night, while inherently melancholic, gives you a lift as well. “Misbehavin’ Heart” and the apt “Gifts of the Season” are breaths of fresh air what with the abnormal popularity of bossa nova in the country [which smacks of corporate manipulation, by the way]. This is what jazz should be and Susan House, along with her bevy of outstanding musicians, is showing us how it should be done.”

— PULP Magazine

Susan House Gifts of the Season by Karla Ash 12.03.06 Susan House is one of the few jazz musicians from the Pacific Northwest who are actually making an impact nationally. Her new album, Gifts of the Season, is tied with a distribution deal in the Philippines, wherein she already has a couple of FM radio hits from it already. One of them is probably “Silent Night,” a duet with Filipino singer Norm Santarin. In a remarkably inventive move, “Silent Night” combines verses sung in both English and Tagalog, which is the native language of the Philippines. The rest of the album is straightforward piano jazz but House’s sultry voice makes these aging nuggets crackle with new-found energy and charm. I especially love her sweeping version of “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!”, which is the perfect soundtrack for these parts at the moment. More on Susan House:” - Karla Ash

— The Wig Fits All Heads

Media name: Alex Pijnen Company name: BRTO Radio Date: 2006-12-11 08:55:50 Feedback: Great Album. Fantastic stuff for our Radio Station.” - Alex Pijnen

— BRTU Radio/ Netherlands