It was sometime last year when Ernest turned me on to The Roches' self-titled debut album, a quirky collection of songs propelled by the kind of gorgeous three-part harmonies that only sisters can pull off. So when this reissue of Seductive Reasoning came into the shop last month, I knew it would be worth a listen. Though it does not feature younger sis Suzzy Roche, this earlier album (recorded four years before The Roches) still shines brightly. In fact, it's actually become my preferred album of the two that I've heard. Though it has its corny moments, they are far outweighed by the truly unique songwriting. There are so many moments on this album that make me stop dead in my tracks. Just get it already!
"Seductive Reasoning was released by Maggie and Terre Roche four years before younger sister Suzzy joined them on their 'debut' record. Now, with most of the classic records by the three Roches out of print, this least well-known item in their discography is given a new lease on life." - Blurt
"[Maggie] Roche has the perspective of a young woman thoughtfully, if confusedly, making her way through the romantic, sexual, and career thickets of early adulthood. Her gift for wordplay expresses her uncertainties well. 'There ought to be something to fall back on,' she writes in "Down the Dream," 'like a knife or a career.'" - Allmusic