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.
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9/10 Geoff Birchenall 15th October 2018
Quite probably the best singer songwriter album you'll hear all year. As the blurb points out, Anna's voice is not perfect - but nor does it ever strive to be. Instead it conveys the full gamut of human emotions without them ever feeling forced, or hackneyed. It is a soulful Americana record that will enchant fans of early Alela Diane as much as it will evoke memories (especially in older listeners) of Karen Dalton. One of the best low key discoveries that you will make in 2018. Don't hesitate to pick this one up.
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