Album Review: Reason by Anjuli Dawn

Album Name: Reason
Artist: Anjuli Dawn
Year/Label: 2004 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

There is some really nice acoustic guitar playing here. Dawn’s style is quite reminiscent of early Ani DiFranco’s. Though Dawn’s voice is much softer than DiFranco’s. It’s strong and gutsy but still has a sweet quality. Very nice.

Anjuli uses the guitar as percussion instrument as well as a melody maker. I like her sense of rhythm as well. She doesn’t just use run of the mill tempos, she mixes it up a little and it sounds great.

Lyrically, Anjuli is also a very strong songwriter. Her words are powerful and intelligently written.

On “Here in My Temple” she sings:

I am here in my temple
Behind my guitar
And if you will meet me halfway
I think I can go that far
Emotion is coming like a river
I’m gonna let it run
And if you are a mistake
You’re a beautiful one

If you’ve got room for another (early) Ani-type in your collection, this is a good choice. (Let us note that they even have the same initials!).

Stand out songs: Other than “Here In My Temple” I like, “Summer Storm”, “That Kind of Beautiful”, though they’re all strong songs.

Posted on October 29, 2004

Track Listing
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1. Nananana
2. All of Me
3. Summer Storm
4. Didn’t See Your Leaving Coming
5. Under the Name
6. It’s a Shame
7. That Kind of Beautiful
8. Here in My Temple
9. Kitty Cat in the Mud
10. Use Your Voice

[Anjuli Dawn Official Site]


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