This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 4/06
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Annie Gallup's artistry is other dimensional--the expression of
tales and experiences, quite often without conventional beginnings or
conclusions, sometimes seemingly even missing direction. It's as if words or
even pages of a short story have been spirited away into an
avant-garde-like spoken-sung art form, a la snapshots half exposed.
Her characters and the situations they find themselves in are compellingly portrayed but relate their tales almost as if drifting in and out of consciousness. Storylines are provided, clues offered, meaning expressed, but certainly in no customary step-by-step, building block manner. There is significance but it difficult to grasp
This allows the listener to fill in whatever gaps form with his or her own personal meaning.
Complexity is the key word for the material here--Annie
Gallup is a musical Rubik's cube. Over 50 minutes of mystery is
offered, filled with seemingly defective individuals, those not
demonstrating visible deformities but psychological scars and
deficiencies. It's human frailty fully exposed, like passing a car
wreck. One looks and listens--not wanting to yet unable to resist.
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