Anna Elizabeth Laube – Annamania

Album Review | Ahh….Pockets! Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson

Annamania is a retrospective album, a collection of songs most of which first appeared on Anna Elizabeth Laube’s first four albums, released over a ten year period between 2006 and 2016.  With most collections of this nature, Anna selects from a broad canvas to keep things interesting, selecting a dozen of her finest songs, together with just the one cover, Tom Petty’s “Time to Move On”, which features a piano and French Horn duet, with the Seattle Symphony’s John Turman, plus a couple of additional songs, one of which was featured in the Netflix show Locke & Key

Anna appears to be equally at home with a slice of country pop “Sweet Boy from Minnesota”, the tender memory of an afternoon in a Lisbon city park “Jardim da Estrela”, complete with lilting accordion flurries courtesy of Chris Joyner, to some late night bar room blues “If You Build It”.  Channeling Bonnie Raitt, Anna delivers a sultry vocal on “Beautiful Boy”, accompanied by some tasty slide guitar, while “Hippie Boyfriend” demonstrates Anna’s more whimsical side.  A good introduction to Anna Elizabeth Laube and a timely update of her story so far.