Annie Dressner – Broken Into Pieces

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Since moving to the UK seven years ago, New York City-born Annie Dressner has been steadily building a reputation for herself as a fine new voice on the acoustic music scene. Having made one album already, Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names (2011), and receiving airplay along the way, along with some exposure at one or two major UK festivals, this singer songwriter is set to make her mark with this, her Nigel Stonier produced second album. With a delivery reminiscent of a young Nanci Griffith and at times the late Dolores O’Riordan, Annie takes care to ensure each of these eleven self-penned songs maintains her own individual personality, especially on such pop-fuelled songs as “Don’t Go” and “Heartbreaker”, the heartfelt Kentucky and the wonderfully optimistic “Morning”. With plenty of assistance from Nigel Stonier, together with Matthew Caws on guitar, Che Beresford on drums, husband Paul Goodwin on keyboards, with Polly Paulusma and Dan Wilde providing back-up vocals, Broken into Pieces should see Annie’s star rise.