Album Review: Mountains and Tumult by Annie Barker

Album Name: Mountains and Tumult
Artist: Annie Barker
Year/Label: 2006 / Beautiful Revolution Records

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

The second time I listened to this, the first song sounded so familiar I wondered if it was a cover. But I looked at the liner notes and I see that Annie Barker wrote all the songs. So I realized it’s just an easily recognizable song and that it seemed to have seeped into my brain more than I thought it had. That’s good, right? I think so.

Her sound is sort of a dreamy rock with a slight Cocteau Twins feeling. There’s a lot of that breathy background vocal for which the Twins are well known. This is especially present on Gripped with that Leg.

I like the songwriting. It’s simple yet intricate. There’s a lot of carrying the lyrics over several notes. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t put a lot of thought into those lyrics. She’s clever:

Well if Revolutionary Rock N Roll
Is dating Gwyneth Paltrow
Then I must be wrong
I must be wrong

–Revolutionary Rock N Roll

…and sexual as on I Want, which I will not quote. Listen for yourself 🙂

This is a lovely, sensual and calming listening experience.

Posted on December 07, 2007

Track Listing
Listen to track samples while you read
1. Kissed Me
2. Revolutionary Rock ‘N’ Roll
3. Pretty Boy Game
4. Gripped with that Leg
5. Elliott’s Song
6. Beautiful Life
7. Sausage Fingers
8. I Want
9. Mountains and Tumult
10. Amphetamine Dream

[Annie Barker Official Site]


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