"Susanna Berivan took the mic and kept the audience in the palm of her hands for her whole show."
"Susanna Berivan has got the blues. But really. And if we now speak in categories such as deep and real we are absolutely serious about it and venture far out into post-meta territory. Susanna Berivan is from Berlin but she lives in Leipzig. On stage she stands alone, in black, with a weathered acoustic guitar, frowning her Frida-Kahlo-eyebrows, singing, hurting and trumpeting into the long reverb. Lamenting, bewitching, bedazzling. Melancholic is for softies, this is the real deal. Of course her sound is full of references. Blues, as stated before, Americana, alternative country, folk and soul. 50s and 60s, Camp and Tarantino. Maybe in a previous life Susanna Berivan went on a road trip through the southern states of America, in her ’64 Thunderbird, working in a remote diner, reading dime novels, watching the bird migrate to Mexico. We don’t know that. But the retrospective, the stylistic and the contextual aspects, which often render this type of music interesting today, surrender to her performance, her charisma and most importantly: her voice. Susanna Berivan’s blues is really just blue. And it will get you (...)." TORSTRASSEN FESTIVAL
"Berliner Susanna and her band The Shoespell Orchestra play music that is steeped in soul and blues, while Susanna's most distinctive voice provides a beautiful and sharp-edged paradox of melancholic uplift."
"First up on stage was the lovely Susanna Berivan and she made sure that nobody would be leaving the place without knowing her name. This lady has it all. Style, grace, musical talent, a beautiful voice to fall in love with and a face to match. Her songs vary from dirty C&W style to an almost Billie Holiday-esque style of singing, and is always accompanied by her trusty guitar. So whenever you're in Berlin make sure to see one of her shows, which shouldn't be too hard, because if there's anyone who's playing a lot of shows, it's her. Or better yet, offer her a record deal."
"..denn Susanna Berivan (Blues/Swing/Country) spielt zwar ständig in Berlin, es lohnt sich aber auch jedes einzelne Mal."
"At her rootsy best, Susanna Berivan combines un-flashy delta style guitar with a more urban style of singing reminiscent of Ma Rainey or Mamie Smith. She also does a good line in 60s sounding pop-rock, and has moments of folkiness, her voice tying it all together with a fragility that invites the audience into an intimate and melancholy sound world."