Under the constant leadership of Brian Keenan, Proud Simon have proven somewhat inconstant in terms of their musical approach and personnel, but on this EP Keenan seems to be announcing his readiness for the big time. It's always a question who's actually in the band besides the singer/songwriter/guitarist, and in this case, although seven musicians feature in the credits, the formal group itself seems to be a duo of Keenan and bassist Adrian Morgan, who has co-composed all of the songs. Perhaps a more crucial participant is producer Jamie Candiloro (also one of the seven musicians), known for his work with Ryan Adams and R.E.M. Candiloro knows what a mainstream rock record is supposed to sound like, and he brings that knowledge to the five melodic pop/rock arrangements that make up Anchors Aweigh. Keenan sings the songs confidently within a production that could be coming from a big-budget, major-label recording. He may or may not want to be the next Rob Thomas, fronting the next Matchbox Twenty, but Anchors Aweigh indicates that he has that potential.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann