Anne Harris

Anne Harris

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Kicking off with a song that could easily mesh with Dave Matthews, or even Led Zeppelin's "That's the Way," this musician can find a good melody and evolve it over five to six minutes. Co-producer Bob Garrett adds a potpourri of percussion, using various Latin, African, and Middle Eastern instruments throughout. Being equally adept at her vocals, as well as her fiddle, Harris seems comfortable being part of a talented ensemble rather than its leader. "I Think I Got You Now" has a definite African groove within it, recalling Paul Simon during Graceland. Considering there could be a world music tag to such an artist, the lyrics deal with common everyday occurrences in a simple and festive way. Harris performs Celtic-tinged solos on "Where's the Girl," with some Latin-oriented handclaps. All the while, she's singing about her youth leaking out at the seams. The first pop-oriented song is "Bother Me," a track that is adequate but keeps Harris penned in musically because of its arrangement. The homage to the classic "Mockingbird" song adds little to the original. A superior track and perhaps the album's best is "Dandelion," a cross between traditional music with a distinct and dance-oriented beat. It's also one of the few occasions Harris displays her strong fiddle playing. Even the murky folk-blues of "Leaves Turnin'" can't be easily dismissed. Closing with a lengthy mid-tempo pop song in "What I Am," Harris definitely is onto something special. The song has elements of pop and also jazz with slight glimpses of trumpet.

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