Annie Dressner has recently ventured over from New York to share her talents with us here in the UK; talents which it’s safe to say will appeal to many this side of the Atlantic.

Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names is an album which ticks enough figurative boxes whilst still managing to maintain a clear sense of identity and originality to keep the ear fully focused. Her vocal style and melodies sound improvised, but not because they sound imperfect, rather because there is an effortlessness to her voice. You can imagine the vocal recordings on the album were performed by Annie holding a lyrics sheet in front of a mic and just singing the way she thinks it should be sung. But it definitely works. Add to the mix the clear tone of her voice with the accompaniment of her own harmonies, you end with a very well rounded pleasant…

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