Quit The Curse
Although a debut album, Quit The Curse is the maturation of Anna Burch as writer and singer, for the past decade or so she’s been fronting bands (Failed Flowers, Frontier Ruckus) and any tentative steps as a solo performer are most definitely in the past.
Quit The Curse plays out – as with Soccer Mommy’s recent gem – as a reminder, in part, of when Julianna Hatfield and Liz Phair were knocking out those deceptively simple hooks. I thought too of Vanessa Paradis’ perfect power-pop as gifted to her by Lenny Kravtiz.
There’s a country hue to the guitars and drums on Belle Isle and even in a shadow of the vocal for In Your Dreams. But actually, as with the mention of Paradis, it’s something of a shimmer of not quite 60s pop music but the 90s/00s music that came over in that way. Add New Zealand’s Brunettes to this.
There’s a bright and shiny opener, 2 Cool 2 Care, which might draw mention of Courtney Barnett – in that it’s a set of witty lines married to cool guitar chime and a subdued rhythm section. But that’s surface-level at best – this has nothing to do with Barnett, though it just might appeal to some of her fans.
The strong single, Tea-Soaked Letter won’t do anything much to dispel any such surface-level comparisons but it’s a great wee pop song at any rate.
It’s the sweet pop-rock riff and downbeat chug of Asking 4 A Friend where Burch’s strengths really start to show – here’s a great songwriter. A great singer and guitarist too, but a really great writer of dynamic songs that are entirely uninterested in sticking around too long. No welcomes outworn here.
It’s an album that carries just enough secrets, it’s just deep enough. Easy to hold and to hear on first listen but it welcomes you back. There’s more in there. You’ll want to become friends with these songs.
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