album by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Anna Atkinson—getting a re-release now that she's with Aporia Records—is a testament to classically trained poise and polish. However, sometimes less is more when it comes to effective musical refinement. There's no doubt that Atkinson is a talented musician, transitioning effortlessly between a multitude of instruments including accordion and viola, creating a sonically diverse palette for listeners to indulge in. Likewise, Atkinson's voice also cannot be faulted for its abilities and tone, but the majority of the album feels as though technique takes over from emotion. There are moments where raw feeling creeps through, such as on "Only A Fiddle," but tracks like "Old Man Song" let theme take over, projecting an overly stylized sound. If Atkinson can allow herself to let go, even a little, her music will feel less suited for a theatrical production and tap further into its heart and soul.
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