A Review of the Annie Gallup CD
"Half Of My Crime"

"Half Of My Crime"
by Annie Gallup

Copyright 2006

This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 4/06
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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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.

Gallup's musings are comfortably ensconced in minimal but concise instrumentation, very heavy on bass, somewhat with the guitar, along with eclectic sounds, like fingersnaps, offered along the way.

Track List:
All songs written by Annie Gallup.

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