This album is one comma away from sounding like a great ‘70s album that spirals into soulful panderings of love and love lost. An Odyssey to find happiness and the glories of that love song we all can relate to.
For Annalibera, most of this is true. They may not be writing the next love ballad for the Top 40 Countdown, but they do share their regards for lyrical prose on human nature, and their debut opener gives the impression that their genesis will not be taken with a grain of salt. As the organ hums on “Moving Song,” Anna Gebhardt immediately builds distance between herself and the listener. With a floating beat and guitar notes that occasionally strum by, they have built the great Pink Floyd hazy atmosphere interspersed by Gebhardts illuminating vocals. A song best served as the end of the album, where are we going and where are you taking us? Why launch into an album that serves as a departure?
Nevermind I Love You is more accessible than I like in an album like this, but something caught me with this album. It could be the dynamics these musicians swarm around on “Battle World”. It could be the way Gebhardt mixes with the music, and the importance of the lyrics that are positioned so neatly on “Blooms”, I think of Throwing Muses whenever I hear a song laid out like this. This is a song I would have genuinely enjoyed enjoyed in the early ‘90s. A song that should be the highlight of this album and is no comparison to something like “Black Cat White Cat.” Yes, they are two different entities, but I cannot help but want to bypass things to get to “Blooms”. Same with “Clouds”. A melancholy tune, it’s makes you want to be out in the sun and celebrate the ends of time with their timeless beauty they stems from a fascination. This transcends into Cowboy Junkies territory and that quiet politeness that is so well replicated. “Mountains” is more mysterious a word in this context than majestic. It makes sense when it leads to “Honesty,” their last song on the album. Full disclosure or a treatise, it is this point you understand why they chose the progression of songs that they have made.