It is no secret that I have been a huge fan of Brooke Annibale‘s since her earliest successes with her single, “Under Streetlights”, which if you have not heard you should get on that bus. In any case, the Pittsburgh-native has released her fifth full-length album, Hold To The Light. From her self-released debut, Memories in Melody, back in 2005, her sound has evolved from a deeply rooted folk/Americana sound into something a bit more eclectic and rounded. While still certainly based in the folk genre, Hold To The Light, is a more mature sound that delves beyond her humble beginnings.
While initially, you are hit heavily by her acoustic sound, Brooke Annibale has continued to experiment with her instrumentation by layering her sweet, smoky vocals with a combination of traditional organic instruments and her desires to modernize her style by expanding her use of electronic beats and electronic sounds. By combining with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim) in his farmhouse studio in Maine, Brooke Annibale found an interesting and different vibe being sequestered with her band mates while creating the album outside of her Nashville stomping grounds. In a way, it gave her a fresh look into her confident and thoughtful songwriting.
Each of her songs on Hold To The Light is well developed and purposeful. The collection tells a wonderful journey through the depths of human emotion. It is about finding truth, being at peace with yourself and the choices and the circumstances of life. This album, like her previous works, is highlighted by her stunning vocals that makes you feel things that no other artist can. It is a feeling of warmth and sweetness wrapped around you like a woolen blanket. It is something that should not be passed up. If you are looking for something unique, then here is an artist that delivers a sharp, intellectual album with style and grace.
Check out the brand new album, Hold To The Light, by Brooke Annibale on Spotify below and do not forget to pick up the album available now on iTunes.
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