Norweigan songwriter & vocalist, Anne Marie Almedal, has released her latest album: Memory Lane, offering ‘flashes of psych-folk & cinematic classicism.’
The album offers an impressive collection of songs, with Almedal’s voice likened in places to the late Eva Cassidy & Rumer.
The opening track on the album, Back to Where We Started, hooks the listener with the incessantly repetitive chorus & story like lyrics. It suggests that the album is going to be a story, setting a scene & instantly makes the listener pay attention & excites them about the coming tracks.
The lyrics & music of Back to Where We Started are emotive & a great start to a great album, with vocal harmonies only adding to the beauty of the track.
During parts of the album, I found myself wondering if I had heard certain songs before, especially during Two of a Kind. This track seemed a little samey to me, offering nothing new or exciting. It could perhaps be a filler at best. However, even with this criticism, I would strongly recommend the album, with enough highlights overall to not allow this to ruin a great piece of work.
The absolute highlight of the album for me is the title track, Memory Lane. Almedal’s vocals are complimented perfectly by the picked guitar, with her dictation & the tracks melody making it more than easy-listening.
Overall, this album is going to enhance Anne-Marie Almedal’s success on the folk scene, & perhaps open up the more contemporary audience to her music too. Definitely worth a listen.
Watch the video to Winter Song
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Review by Emma Baldwin