Humphrey, Annie / Edge of America
Annie Humphrey has a good, rich voice and is very skilled with the acoustic guitar. Her songs are strong but not overpowering. The lyrics are kind of a drawback– politically oriented but pretty silly. I’m all for rebellious or politically critical music, but not when it is anti-American just for the sake of being anti-American. Anyway, if you like Tracy Chapman, Jewel, Melissa Etheridge, or any other female folk rock singers, I’d recommend her.
1) Edge of America– pretty disappointing for a title song; song is slow and kind of silly; nice guitar solos though 2) Precious Moon Daughter– weird, ethereal, echoing singing at the beginning; pretty song, becomes rapidly-paced and yet mellow 3) Doin’ Time– strong vocals with less instrumental accompaniment; makes me think of a combination of Jewel and Tracy Chapman; simple and pretty 4) They Found Her– nice, strong vocals with good guitar solos; dark tune that moves pretty quickly; kind of cool chorus 5) Lakin’s Flame– decent song, kind of dull, but with pretty good guitar solos 6) Nightmares and the American Dream– pretty, sad, slow song; I’d like it a lot if not for the lyrics 7) Rock Me on the Water– fast, upbeat song; fun with good guitar accompaniment 8) Storm– slow, pretty love song; simple guitar accompaniments 9) Mother’s Rain– sad, dark, slow song about abuse; very pretty and touching 10) I’ll Be There– upbeat, cheery, fast love song; male and female vocalists duet; pretty lush instrumentals 11) So, Comes the Rain– slow, pretty song; nice instrumentals with guitar, violin, and penny whistle 12) Justice Hunters– slow song with simple piano accompaniment; kind of dull