On Songs of Straw & Gold:
"This CD turns out to be deeply compelling. By the time Zachary Oberzan actually invokes the name of one of his prime influences, Leonard Cohen, you would have figured it out even if he hadn't said it. For one thing, Oberzan's voice resonates, and not just sonically. For instance, The Dance Absurd is much more up than The Wearing of the Blue, yet you remember Oberzan's tunefully flat delivery first. On Your Folksinger he sounds as if he's about to cry on the opening line. ("You don't know what I've got.") For the first several lines of The Last Thing I Wanted he resembles a man who's just awakened. Then he takes command and makes you listen. Make no mistake, this is very much poetry-as-music, in the tradition of not only Cohen but Oberzan's other major influence, Paul Simon. For me, it's one of those that almost got away, a record to which diligent listening yields undeniable rewards."
--Stephanie Elliott, Wesleyan University Press
"The writing is magical, abstract and intimate, the work of an introspective and quirky artist."
--Sam Pfiefle, Portland Phoenix
"Oberzan's voice has conviction and sincerity, a light-but-bright timbre, in the high baritone range. He sings the lyrics so clearly that the listener can easily follow--and wants to, so compelling are he words and the melody. He shuns excessive emotion, instead projecting his musicianship with poise and purity of tone."
--Todd Serling, Shake! Magazine, Nashville
"Zachary Oberzan, who exhibits some English and Celtic folk
influences, has his wonderful moments on the CD, especially
on his evocotive ballad-style love song, Amelia Earhart."
--Christopher Tanguay, A&E; editor, The Beacon, MA College of Liberal Arts
Live Performance Reviews:
"...his refined, reflective, and focused nature carried through into his performing...people stopped talking to listen, when the lightness of his guitar, the clarity in his voice, and his perfect diction, joined with his intentional, unique pacing of Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye, to absolutely make it his own...Zachary's gentle kind of class lent a very special, pleasant timbre to the Event." [Click here for full review]