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Lauren Anderson (from the album Burn It All Down as an independent release) (by Lee Zimmerman)
Lauren Anderson is an assertive singer and songwriter, one whose wheelhouse incorporates elements of Blues, Rock, and the solid and stoic sounds that fall in-between.
Anderson’s tempestuous new album, Burn It All Down, opens with a flourish, courtesy of the title track, “Soul Is Mine” and “Zombie Blues”, all assertive songs that leave little doubt as to her limitless energy and due diligence as far as an earnest intent. Later on, with “Lose My Head” she wholly gives in to absolute enthusiasm, making no mistake about her dedication to form and flourish.
In that regard, Lauren Anderson’s driven determination never falters, and she makes no mistake of the fact that speaking the truth is of prime importance. ‘Don’t be crazy’ she tells her indecisive lover on the track titled “Tell Me Baby”, further stating ‘I ain’t got no time to pretend’. Nevertheless, she stresses that independence and conviction are top of her to-do list. The brass-infused sounds of “Never Too Late” attest to that fact, while the driving and dynamic “Hit the Spot”, the blustery ballad “Still Here”, the relentless wail of “Rain Down On Me”, and the solid stomp of “Like A Woman” all attest to her steadfast stance and her absolute finesse. Her sound draws from the varied influences that come courtesy of an array of artists — Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Eva Cassidy, Nina Simone, and Whitney Houston, among the many.
Still, it’s hard to confine Lauren Anderson to any particular parameters. Although she’s frequently ascended to the top of the blues charts with her previous releases, a catalog that includes three EPs and a pair of LPs — 2015's Truly Me, and last year's sophomore set Love on the Rocks — it’s apparent that her appeal isn’t limited to any single genre. Indeed, as an artist possessing both class and conviction, she makes a formidable impression with each and every offering. Suffice it to say, Burn It Down makes a fiery impression. (By Lee Zimmerman)
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