Label: Self Released
Album: I Don't Want To Break It
Tracks : 15
So what happens when a classically trained Cellist decides to write and perform traditional folk, roots, world, and pop music with even a little jazz thrown into the mix? An album like ‘I Didn’t Want To Break It’ is what happens. But these things don’t ‘just’ happen. Anne Janelle’s latest album is her fourth, ‘Beauty Remains’ was her song writing debut, followed by ‘So Long at the Fair’ and from 2009 ‘True Love Don’t Weep’, an album of duets with James Hill which won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year.
As a full time performer that depth of experience, along with her classical training guarantee an album of excellent quality. The title of the opening track ‘The End of the World’ is actually a bright sounding song, full of rhythmic bounce that serves as a good introduction to the album’s full thirteen songs. A reminder of Anne’s classical background are two short string based interludes placed within the playlist, and they function very cleverly as pauses in the stream of strong lyrical songs.
Just for a moment a listener could imagine the intro to the second track as the beginning of a cover of legendary rock band Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’! But no, it’s an all original Anne Janelle song, but after a few listens to the complete album I wouldn’t be surprised if she could do a cover of most things, such is the remarkable diversity of her work.
Some fine fiddle playing introduces the third track ‘Feeling Beautiful’, a lovely country folk track with terrific
instrumentation and vocal harmonies. This is one of those songs that you’ll find yourself humming to for days. Then, the title track of the album is a powerful song that showcases just how good a singer Anne is, a very beautiful piece of music. After the first ‘interlude’ the seventh song ‘Time To Go’ gives her cello a chance to shine in another beautifully crafted track.
With repeated listens, an early impression of this being a good album just keeps strengthening until most will be very pleased with their purchase of a very fine album indeed. “Age is a number and love is a game, and that’s fine if you’re lucky, if you’re feeling no pain, but as for the rest of us what would they say? Is it better to burn bright or fade away?” she sings in ‘The Moth and the Light’ Great stuff!
‘I Leave Mine’ would have most folks up on their feet dancing and clapping, and the next song ‘Keeper of my Garden’ is a complete and interesting change, a very clever track indeed. Why? Well, buy the album and have a listen! Following the second ‘interlude’ is another song ‘Triangle of Light’ that might make you wonder that you have actually bought a compilation album featuring two or three singers and bands.
The variety on ‘I Didn’t Want to Break It’ is simply wonderful, and proves that Anne Janelle is an excellent musician, vocalist, song writer and storyteller and is backed by some very fine musicians, for the standard of the entire album is outstanding, and live performances must be well worth attending.