Big cities are field with landmark buildings, famous streets and an entire, often fascinating history attached to them. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise, this places come with a whole scene and sound of their own. A sound that’s not only limited to their accent, to the soundtrack of daily life – but also to their music. Many times we here about the sound of LA, or UK or Middle East and so on. Because of it, some artists may feel the pressure as they become in many ways, the ambassadors.
Annie Fitzgerald’s new album, You Me & The Sun blends rock and roll and pop in a way that at times sounds less as neither of those and more like Jazz (“Be Like A Tree”). In the same vein as Tori Amos or Regina Spektor, there’s a je ne se quais that reminds me a lot to the pop and indie rock that comes from NYC. Throughout the record, none of the songs sounds the same and the feelings expressed throughout the lyrics changes as well as the music that plays in the background and fits very well with themes, be it sadness, love or madness. There’s also a feel in the production value that calls back to the heydays of Pop back in the 90s a la Alanis Morrissett and the New Wave era of the 80s.
However, while there are some amazing tracks where Annie and her bands shines out the best, there are a few that feel a bit hollow. In the end, as you keep listening, it feels more and more as an artist that’s seeking her own identity, her signature sound that will make her stand out from the crowd. And when you hit that track that blows you away, this is followed by one that may turn you off immediately. The eclecticness of the album feels less as a good, dynamic choice and more as an inconsistency that translates into a flaw. Personally, it’s on those Jazz and Rock infused tracks as the first one and “Feels Like Summer” where she shines out the most – unfortunately those are rare songs on the album.
Criteria - 80%
Overall, You Me & The Sun by Annie Fitzgerald showcases the great potential star in the works. Sadly, what looks like a lack of confidence and identity ends up playing against this great artist, and luckily moving on, she will find her way and blow us all up with her talent.