CD Annabella [Digipak] * (CD 1125353),
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Annabella [Digipak] *

  • 1. Dont' Mean You Lost Your Love
    2. Annabella
    3. Bomb Away
    4. Under the Gate
    5. Good to Go
    6. Undone
    7. Another Life
    8. Mi La Vie
    9. Rain
    10. Every Broken Curve
    11. Indelible Mark Mark - (Bonus Track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 007

  • Credits
    ProducerDaniel Wise; Libby Johnson
    EngineerDaniel Wise

    Personnel: Libby Johnson (vocals, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, piano, keyboards); Mark Bosch, John Putnam (guitar); Daniel Wise (keyboards); Steve Jordan (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Daniel Wise.
    Recording information: The Shed, New York, NY.
    Photographer: Amy E. Bartell.
    Arranger: Daniel Wise.
    In the '90s band 22 Brides, Libby Johnson and her sister Carrie flitted between sincere, Lilith Fair-esque folk and a harder-edged, quasi-punk yet melodic onslaught that brought a considerable amount of attention to the band. On her debut solo album, Libby's broken out and forged a more intimate, individualistic blend that allows her songs and stylistic wanderings more room to breathe. Playing piano and guitars, and backed by a fine crew including the great drummer Steve Jordan, Johnson often turns here to a soulful, rhythmic approach that accents her intimate lyrics without overwhelming them. "Undone" pulls out tentatively, Johnson employing a soft, breathy, multi-tracked voice that gradually swells in intensity -- with the band following suit -- as she unravels her tale of a disintegrating life. "Don't Mean You Lost Your Love," the driving opening track, builds around a looping, broad-stroked electric guitar riff that hooks from the first notes. But in order to keep things monotony-free, Johnson gets gritty with the hushed blues "Mi la Vie," dabbles in country in the metaphoric "Rain," and displays a placid side on ballads such as "Under the Gate" and the earnest "Another Life," with its rich pianistry. ~ Jeff Tamarkin

  • Critic Reviews
    No Depression (p.106) - "This is a wondrous debut, perfect in its modest way. The hooks are unassailable, the singing and playing are felt..."
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