11 songs, 41 minutes. Second album from Little Annie aka Annie Anxiety aka Annie Bandez and her piano muse and composer Paul Wallfisch is comprised of of songs which shove a dagger through your heart while tickling your funny bone. Gorgeous digi-wallet with 12 page lyric booklet.
Here comes Genderful, Annie and Paul's new album that somehow manages to perfectly mix soul songs and chansons, bluesy saloon singing and European cabaret styling into a gorgeous, new amalgam. Dig the gentle groove and the sad strings of "Suitcase Full of Secrets", and the fluttering, art-house-cinema-soundtrack glamour of "Because You're Gone Song". "Regret", "Carried Away" and "In The Bar Womb" would make Jacques Brel and/or Serge Gainsbourg proud. "Zen Zexy Zage", "Cutesy Bootsies" and "Adrianna" are brilliant little three penny operas for this post-gentrification/monetary meltdown epoch. Then there are subtle epics like "Billy Martin's Requiem"- a tough, groovy bit of NYC-back-in-the-day-free-association that mixes the ill-fated Yankees manager, the post-punk scene and all the brilliant men lost to AIDS in one smart, seamless package, and "Tomorrow Will Be", a shimmering, resplendent prayer to life with Annie as a knowing urban/urbane/earth mother.
Genderful is sentiment without sentimentality, inspiration without bombast, a collection of songs thick with pain and wit and joy.