Album Review: Estuaries by Amber Lee and the Anomalies

AMBER LEE AND THE ANOMALIES: Estuaries

Album Name: Estuaries
Artist: Amber Lee and the Anomalies
Year/Label: 2009 / Baker Belle Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Amber Lee Baker plays the accordion and crafts unusual music on her debut album.

Opener Time Master has a delightfully upbeat, somewhat gypsy influenced sound. Baker’s decidedly not like other artists.

Only the Girls is sweet and folksy, Baker’s gorgeous vocals really start to show here. The sound of her accordion is very appealing.

Into Thin Air is sad and strange, Baker singing of love to a memorable tune.

Whaler’s Wife is an utterly lovely sea shanty, performed with exquisite restraint and a genuine longing.

The closing Beautiful Decay is suitably Gothic, but in a subtle way. Baker’s sense of quirk comes out well here.

She’s made an impressive debut and I hope to hear more from her in the future.

Track Listing
1 Time Master
2 Only The Girls
3 Open The Temple
4 The Rodeo Clown
5 Not As The Crow Flies
6 Bump In The Road
7 Into Thin Air
8 Okay
9 Whaler’s Wife
10 It’s Me
11 Wildwood Flower
12 Beautiful Decay

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2 comments for “Album Review: Estuaries by Amber Lee and the Anomalies

  1. jack
    June 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I have to disagree. I think this artist has a long way to go before they reach a point where they should be recording an album. Musically, the songs are melodic, though hardly memorable.

    The true crime is in the lyrics: they are obvious and banal and in some cases unintentionally laughable. There are no compelling stories or character studies here, only labored exposition and bad rhyme.

  2. Amy
    June 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

    OK now I’m more curious than ever! :)

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