Trying to put order and reason to the grief and anger that followed the passing of her husband, Stephanie Simon's voice rises absolutely victorious and vibrant in her third CD, 'Widow.' Proclaiming an affirmation of life and strength, her voice soars and pierces the soul of all who dare to listen. Weaving delicate melodies and in-your-face driving rhythms like this takes a passion and energy that seems to come effortlessly to this performer. Delicate and angry, seductive and strong, the range of emotions and intricacy of her lyrics leave you hanging on with anticipation for every note. Stephanie Simon's CD, 'Widow,' breaks through the haze of her grief with a clear and triumphant voice. Widow is deeply honest, provocative, and at times, extremely moving. Backed by a band that's tight as a whip, Simon soars confidently into Joni Mitchell territories, and whispers as intimately as Tori Amos; sometimes within the same song. As beautiful as her voice is, her distinct talent lies in songwriting. Reminiscent of Natalie Merchant and Fleetwood Mac, Widow is sometimes poppy ("Wartime"), sometimes intense ("Abyss"), and sometimes dramatic ("Believer"). The dynamics alone on Widow are sure to have the listener gasping for breath. Review by Josh Bloomberg, 2002.