Anni Rossi is one of 4AD's new signings and her new album Rockwell has landed (CD only at the mo with vinyl to follow later... For a change!). From the off I thought this was smart. It largely consists of her vocals, drums, cello and viola so you'd think it would be pretty sparse sounding. But it's not.... Well it wouldn't be with Steve Albini at the helm filling the sound and it straddles that balance of sounding full while giving the instruments space to breathe. If you want to know what you're letting yourself in for then it's somewhere between Suzanne Vega, Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor. It's really quite good. In fact I think it's really very good indeed. The more I hear it the more I'm charmed by her beautiful voice, the quality songwiriting and the instrumentation. Then there's the production... The whole thing wraps up into a well smart package and if you're a fan of quirky (but serious) women making some well interesting music then let us know and we'll wing a copy out to you. Woohoo!! Roll on the vinyl coming!!
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