US - Pennsylvania - Full Moon 172 - 09/23/10
Every Second In Between
Lili Anel has a distinct, though hard to pinpoint style on this fifth album. The singer and guitarist seems to use both jazz and blues and several styles in between.
It's all quality though; "Supposed to be" is a genuinely soulful bid for independence as Anel sings of a relationship that must end. Her playing and singing is angelic yet sassy. "So far away" reminds me of Joan Armatrading at her best, a sultry and intimate song of longing with a cool tune. "Much to my surprise" is breezy and sunny, Anel singing beautifully as ever to restrained backing.
"Voyager" sees her joined by a string quartet and the sound I genuinely thrilling. It's one of her strongest and most moving songs. It's a strong album all told, and one to cherish.
Copyright © 2010 Anna Maria Stjärnell