Anna St. Louis’s voice is not powerful. Nor is it impressive. It’s not even particularly reliable - the eleven tracks of If Only There Was A River find her frequently sliding between notes to find pitch. However, all of this stuff just adds fuel to the fire of David Byrne’s old adage that ‘the better the singer’s voice, the harder it is to believe what they’re saying’. St. Louis’ singing is absolutely beguiling here, guiding us like an old friend through these gentle folk-rock tunes. Think Gillian Welch and certain corners of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s catalogue. Lovely record.