Album Review: My Own Backyard by Ann Klein

Album Name: My Own Backyard
Artist: Ann Klein
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

When I saw Ann Klein’s photos on the bio sheet, I thought she looked quite alternative in her red Leather jacket and trendy jeans and long dark hair. I wasn’t thinking country at all. But country is what you get with “My Own Backyard” Well, OK not country, in the Shania way, but or “y’all-ternative” I would say with a good dose of bluegrass as well.

Though it’s quite twangy, I like “Hank Williams”. It’s got a nice sound to it that is countryish, but also edgy. “You Can Be My Rainy Day” is my favorite track, I think. But I also like “Sad Song” quite honky-tonkish but cool.

Klein’s voice is a great match for this genre. It’s got a lilt that works very well with the music.

Seeing as she was once Joan Osborn’s lead guitarist you know that she has got the talent and it really shows, especially on “All That I Missed”. She has also played alongside other greats like Sara Lee, Ani DiFranco, Keri Noble, Kate Pierson (B-52s) and more.

If you enjoy with a honky-tonk edge, check out “My Own Backyard”.

Posted on May 11, 2005

Track Listing
1. Hank Williams
2. All That I Had Missed
3. My Own Backyard
4. Dancing In The Rain
5. You Can Be My Rainy Day
6. Your Southern Charms
7. Sad Song
8. Part Of The Game
9. Go Back To Chattanooga
10. Love Is Standing By
11. There’s A Storm Comin’

[Ann Klein Official Site]


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