Album Review: Crooked Path by Star Anna

Album Name: Crooked Path
Artist: Star Anna
Year/Label: 2008 / Malamute Recordst

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Review by Amy Lotsberg

With a couple of exceptions it seems a lot of the music I’ve gotten lately is sort of Alt country/ Americana. So I’m sort of feeling like all the musicians are blending into one. So I’m going to concentrate on this one and put the others aside for now.

I went to her website to learn more about here. Why why why would a person have their whole website be in a pop up? If anyone can make me understand this I will be forever grateful to you. I’m going to try not to hold this again the artist because I have no idea how much input she had in her own website design. So I am giving her the benefit of the doubt.

I do like the music. Her background is varied. Blues, country, punk, grunge and the result is a really cool ‘Americana with an edge’ feel.

Her voice is a perfect match for this style and the musicians are talented and sound great together. The songwriting is interesting and melodic without being mainstream sounding.

I can’t honestly say the songs are all the unique, but maybe I would feel differently if this were the only genre I listened to. I would have a better frame of reference. For example, I do not think that Charlotte Martin and Tori Amos are all that similar; whereas people who don’t listen to them both a lot, think they are identical.

No Surprise is a good twangy, haunting ballad.

I also like Devil Don’t Remember My Name. It’s a nice upbeat number that makes me want to move.

Bed That I Made is a nice catchy waltz. I love waltzes.

This is not exactly my absolute favorite genre, but I do like it on occasion and this is an example of it done quite well.

…and is it just me, or does the picture on the cover look a little like Ali Larter…you know from ‘Heroes’? The other photos on her site look nothing like that to me.

Posted on March 20, 2008

Track Listing
Listen to track samples while you read
1 If Wishes Were Horses
2 Black Cat Blues
3 Crooked Path
4 No Surprise
5 Places We Exist
6 Five Minutes to Midnight
7 Devil Don’t Remember My Name
8 Bed That I Made
9 Space Beneath the Door
10 Wait

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