If you read this blog it means you miss the '90s -- sonically -- at least a little teensy weensy bit.
If you are my favorite kind of reader on this blog (I don't have favorite students, but I do have favorite readers), you also miss riot grrl.
But mostly, if you read this blog, it's because you like twangy music.
Star Anna is all of these things and she is my musical dream come true.
The album careens across the entire spectrum of rock, from the straightforward "For Anyone" to the bluesy "Come On Up to the House" to the splintering punk of "Smoke Signals." Star Anna sings, moans, and snarls her way through the fastest forty minutes you'll ever hear. She can croon just as soft as Brandi Carlile with a darker edge or spout off like a grungier Corin Tucker. It's clear that she's tied to her Seattle rock history. It shouldn't surprise anyone that she's earned nods from Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Duff McKagan (Guns 'n' Roses/Velvet Revolver.) If Star Anna is representative of her peers, it is a good day to be a lady in the rock business.
Star Anna -- Official, Facebook, Buy Go To Hell From Spark and Shine Records