Batalla’s gorgeous, rich, contralto voice adds another layer of beauty to Cohen’s elegantly crafted songs.”

— San Jose Mercury News


— San Francisco Chronicle

Batalla brings the house down!”

— The Guardian

…Dealing with such issues as race and loss of identity, Batalla has created a musical voyage well worth taking… ”

— Newsday

Batalla tells an engaging story with each song she sings ”

— LA Times

Onstage, offstage, digital or analog, I love Perla Batalla.”

— Leonard Cohen

Batalla makes Cohen’s best-known songs sound fresh... ”

— Variety

Beautifully conceived and executed, Bird on the Wire is a rewarding listening experience I find myself returning to frequently. It is every bit the equal of Jennifer Warnes classic Cohen tribute album Famous Blue Raincoat. For those uninitiated to the glories of the songs of Leonard Cohen this is a wonderful introduction. For the rest of us it is simply heavenly.”

— Sing Out Magazine

Above all, Perla Batalla is a born storyteller with a rambunctious sense of humor...”

— LA Times

...Batalla has a glorious, supple voice, with the vocal power to sing the bluesy, Bonnie Raitt-styled "Holy Roses" and the finesse needed to bring new shadings to Leonard Cohen's "Bird on a Wire…”

— Variety

This singer has become a perfect example of the new Latina woman in the U.S. - proud of her heritage, perfectly fluid in at least two languages, and an expert in translating cultural traditions from distinct places in the world.”

— La Opinion

What is most astonishing overall, how-ever is Perla Batalla’s voice. You could break it down technically and say that she has perfect pitch, an incredible range and That her phrasing is ingenious. But more important is the soul, the emotion, the feel. It’s a voice that soars and wails and whispers and croons and cracks and chants and seduces and reaches and stretches and speaks…This is not merely a “talented” artist - I’m talking about someone who is“gifted”. Gifted with a voice that does things most voices cannot do. Not only is this timeless music, I believe it’s some mighty high art.”

— Peter Jesperson, Crawdaddy Magazine

Perla Batalla describes her most recent CD, Heaven and Earth: The Mestiza Voyage (Mechuda Music), as a song cycle. But it could just as easily be called a dream cycle, with moody thoughts that sound at times like chants or those scraps of phrase — musical or otherwise — that won’t leave your brain. Batalla, a California Chicana, has looked hard at the uncomfortable feeling common among Mexican Americans of not belonging neither to the dominant Anglo nor Mexican cultures. She’s explored a number of possible resolutions, from moving to Mexico to travelling as one of Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen’s backup singers. Her solution seems to be The Mestiza Voyage. The songs narrate the common roots, from "Teotihuacan," in which the site of Tonantzin’s desecrated shrine is visited by the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe, to a hopeful breaking down of barriers in "Making Up for Lost Time." Yes, Batalla is already known for her lovely, powerful voice. Now it is time to celebrate her songs as well.”

— Philadelphia Weekly

...Perla Batalla is the kind of artist Peter Gabriel would fall in love with. Comfortable in both English and Spanish, proud of her mestiza heritage, musically adventurous and accompanied by impeccable performers...listen to folky Batalla epics such as "Eternity" and "Turtle Island" and you hear a Chicana Joni Mitchell, a gutsier Joan Baez. Batalla's music caresses with its harmonies and gentle rhythms, then draws you in with an unexpected chorus or an unusual melodic resolution. But above all, she is a born storyteller with a rambunctious sense of humor...”

— Ernesto Lechner, LA Times

Perla Batalla takes the rich traditions of her Mexican roots and has spun pure gold on Discoteca Batalla. While much of the material is original it is the pristine treatments of sweet standards that take this disc right to the top of musical achievements for this year. That this singer has not won a grammy or latin grammy is an indictment of the corrupt, teen pandering system that can overlook one of this planet's very best singers. Let us begin with the voice: Perla Batalla's voice is the Chateau Lafite Rothchild wine, the Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, the Mercedes-Benz' Maybach automobile of vocal instruments. She can reach the back row of the balcony without raising her heart beat and she can bring real tears with ballads so sweet they make your heart ache. The purity and power of Perla's pipes is rare and wonderful to behold. Secondly, there is the choice of marvelous material which gives freedom to the perfect vocalist to cover the gamut of emotion. You can hear a fine voice on American Idol but you can only put love into lyrics like Perla by travelling a long musical journey filled with setbacks, surprises, good friends, family and a deep abiding love for singing.”

— Glen Creason, Los Angeles Magazine

...The star of this night was clearly Ms. Batalla and her astonishingly rich voice. Performing classic Mexican songs requires an appreciation of the tradition from which they sprang and Perla Batalla has not forgotten her roots. What she gives lovingly to the classics through her own rare musical gifts is what turns a simple song like "Mananitas" into a profoundly emotional experience...the best of what music can do is to provide moments that allow us forget everything else but the exquisite melody and words which link a gentle current directly to our hearts. What Batalla did Cucurrucucu was simply otherworldly, painting the tender melody with small brushstrokes, ever so delicately but with deep feeling. The entire hall fell silent; no one seemed to breath as the tale of heartbreak unfolded. You could have heard a dove’s heartbeat in the upper balcony. The final notes came clear and sweet as fine crystal as a sweet shudder of emotion passed through the hall. The audience that came for dancing, unexpectedly had found much more, something to take home and keep like found treasure. Not a soul who heard this jewel will ever forget the name Perla Batalla.”

— Latino LA