Anne Stott's music is a direct hit to the hearts and minds of her listeners. Fueled by restlessness and desire, her sound ricochets between irish folk singer and seventies rock band. Hints of the classical training of her childhood float through now and then.
Stott's latest album, PENNSYLVANIA, chronicles her search for that unique liberation only rock n roll can provide with a focused sound that is both bold and nuanced, expansive and raw. Produced by Jack Petruzzelli, PENNSYLVANIA contains songs ranging from rock ballad to alt country groove to spoken word anthem. The UMass Lowell Connector said, "Anne's music speaks more of...the conflicts we're made of rather than the conflicts we've made."
Stott recently self published Everything is Different All Over Again, a limited edition compilation of poems, thoughts, and sketches. As an actress, Stott has played Kryla in Poor Superman (Art House), Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town (The Provincetown Theater), and Harper in a staged reading of Angels in America: Perestroika (UU Theater). She is currently hosting Word on the Street, a Provincetown TV series interviewing and making music with Provincetown's street performers.
UNTITLED MIND, 2005
I Want to Know
I Don't Know a Thing about Love
Somebody's Gotta Play Jesus
The Edge of Words
Anne Stott at Brew'd Awakening
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There was little reprieve from the dreariness that the weather brought this weekend. Unless, that is...There was little reprieve from the dreariness that the weather brought this weekend. Unless, that is, you happened upon Brew’d Awakening Saturday afternoon.
There, a seemingly unknown folk musician named Anne Stott played an acoustic set that seemed to brighten the day of the fortunate souls that came in to the café for coffee or lunch and were lucky enough to catch her performance.
Anne’s lyrics are contemplative in nature and allude to a sense of awareness that intimates her wisdom about life, love and our base urges. She speaks more of physicality than of politics – of the conflicts that we’re made of rather than the conflicts that we’ve made.
The common themes of her compositions are restlessness, desire and of liberation. As she is playing you get a sense of longing from her that indicates that she feels there is so much more to life than we may comprehend but also of a hopefulness of living life to the fullest.
The passion with which she performs makes it clear that her subject matter is very near and dear to her — that her experiences in life have given her an understanding of her own mortality, one which she must share through her music as a necessary expression of her soul.
Anne played with a polished style and a beautiful voice. It is evident that she spends a great deal of time in refining her art. Her music can be felt as well as heard in that it resonates with the listener on a deeply emotional level as well as an introspective one.
You can check learn more about Anne and her music on her web site www.annestott.com. If really honest and passionate folk music is your thing then you may really enjoy hers.
Currently Anne resides in Provincetown, Mass, where, in the summer, she busks to support her livelihood. When I asked her where she hailed from she declared that she was ‘from nowhere in particular yet from all over.’
Off season she tries to take her music on the road and plays often throughout New England, Connecticut, and New York. She has been performing for about 8 years and seems comfortable in front of an audience. She states that while she loves to perform, she needs to write – an outlet for her that keeps her from wilting away.
Though she does play for profit, Anne admits that she ‘isn’t fully able to pay the bills with her music… yet.’ Her attitude towards performing is optimistic and determined; an important characteristic of a passionate artist. If she does not lose that passion, she has plenty of potential to become a successful full-time musician.
Anne Stott's PENNSYLVANIA
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Anne Stott, who worked on her music career in New York City, currently resides in Provincetown, MA, ...Anne Stott, who worked on her music career in New York City, currently resides in Provincetown, MA, but will likely always consider New York home. New York holds a large list of many great artists, a list that Anne should consider herself a part of. Collaborating with a plethora of talented artists and producer Jack Petruzelli, Anne’s album Pennsylvania is a testament to her devotion to music and her extraordinary talent as a lyricist and vocalist. It begins with “Only Us,” where the instrumentation may bring to mind U2, specifically Joshua Tree. Anne’s voice is reminiscent of Natalie Merchant and Sinead O’Connor, but she makes it clear that this voice is still her own. Her vocals are strong, urging the listener to pay attention to the lyrics, which are bittersweet and thoughtful.
After this wonderful introduction, the album gets bluesy with “I Want To Know.” The guitar sounds divine and Anne’s voice is smooth and confident. Listeners may again feel the influence of Natalie Merchant in the rhythmic vocals. Next track, the aptly titled “Ghost Town” is slow to begin. There is a haunted feel, from the spectacular vocals to the violin. The lyrics are amazing and contain vivid imagery. Stott has succeeded in composing an extraordinarily original piece of music with this one and her voice is heavenly. This piece is beautifully well done all the way through.
“I Don’t Know A Thing About Love” has a country vibe and it will get the feet tapping. It would be right at home in a roadside saloon somewhere in the wild west. A bit tamer than the wild west, but the composition of the piece certainly carries a western feel and would be a treat to see performed live. “Someone Else” is more rock ‘n’ roll than the preceding tracks and Anne’s vocals sound slightly forced as she goes for the high notes. The track is solid and the lyrics are edgy and very well-written. The musicianship is likewise impressive, and there is no doubt that Stott has a diversity that is enviable.
Pennsylvania rolls onward with “Parts Unknown,” another lyrically descriptive piece with wonderful acoustic guitar and a nice drum track that sounds like bongos. A song about moving on and seeking a new adventure, this song will hit home in the hearts of many. There is a sweet melancholy rhythm to this song that is beautiful and haunting. There is also a strength to this piece that is commendable, not only in the composition, but in the instrumentation and overall sound as well. “Somebody’s Gotta Play Jesus” opens with organ notes that immediately bring to mind cold mornings in a dimly lit church. The listener may not warm to this track right away, but it ends up hitting harder than the others with an in-your-face delivery and thoughtful, provocative lyrics.
“The Edge Of Words” is classic Anne Stott with honest lyrics, exquisitely delivered vocals, and a soft beauty. Anne lays her heart and soul out with this one and it’s a phenomenon that is graceful and painfully lovely. Listeners will relate to this with wholehearted wonder and wistfulness. The album closes with “Standing,” which begins with Anne reciting a story, or maybe poetry. Initially it seems like a dubious way to end, but as it progresses the sense of a dramatic exit dawns on the listener and makes perfect sense.
Anne Stott’s album Pennsylvania is dramatic all the way through, rife with honesty, lyrics from the heart, and a voice that carries these attributes expertly. The best words to describe Anne Stott’s music would be hauntingly beautiful, but those are only words. You must listen for yourself and let her music take you to wherever it will.
Anne Stott - Untitled Mind
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UNTITLED MIND is filled with...tracks like "At The Rest Stop" that will get stuck in your head and l...UNTITLED MIND is filled with...tracks like "At The Rest Stop" that will get stuck in your head and leave you humming all day.
CD Review: Anne Stott, Untitled Mind
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Christina Aguilera may have called her album Stripped, but she’s got nothing on Anne Stott. Untitled...Christina Aguilera may have called her album Stripped, but she’s got nothing on Anne Stott. Untitled Mind is music in its bare and rawest form. Stott lets the instruments and music shine for themselves without anything fancy worked in. Simple notes and keys accompany her natural voice through six pure tracks.
It’s rare to find a singer, especially a female singer, who doesn’t mind just letting her voice shine through and speak for itself. Stott may not have Mariah or Celine’s huge pipes and range, but she does well with the simple natural beauty in her singing, even at times working in spoken word over her music and going close to a cappella for one track. It’s a brave feat, but Stott doesn’t seem to be concerned. She stays confident in her abilities. She comes across as a normal woman who believes in herself, and others should look up to her as an artist in that sense.
Although Untitled Mind may be pop, this is definitely an adult disc. The love themes on the album are not mushy teenage heartache ballads. These are mature songs portraying adult love in the 90s. Songs like “So Close” and “Baby, Can You Come Home Tonight?” are written well to show the way real love unfolds.
Stott seems to have a strong grasp of what she’s capable of and what works for her. I hope on her next album she expands her writing to make the disc seem smooth, because at times she seems to be rushing herself to squeeze in all of her lyrics. It would be a shame to have her miss her chance because of something so minor.
A Typical Show
A LITTLE MORE WORK TO DO
I DON’T KNOW A THING ABOUT LOVE
THE EDGE OF WORDS
I WOULD DIE 4 U (Prince)
WHERE DOES THE GOOD GO? (Quinn/Quinn)
HIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME (Martin)
ALL THINGS FOR GOOD
POET GIRL AND PIRATE LOVER
I WANT TO KNOW
ATLANTIC CITY (Springsteen)
FEELIN’ GOOD (Newley/Bricusse)
I’M ON FIRE (Springsteen)
HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN (Lennox/Stewart)
SOMEBODY’S GOTTA PLAY JESUS
IF YOU GOTTA GO… (Dylan)
CRIMSON AND CLOVER (James)
BABE, CAN YOU COME HOME TONIGHT?
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