Dirty Linen "Annie Gallup is a mysterious woman, or at least the characters in her songs are. They seem to look at life with a mixture of sardonic humor and open-eyed wonder. They muse at length about their highly imperfect men, who are nonetheless objects of endless fascination and fond recollection. They pick themselves up when they fall. Part beat poet, part folk-rapper, part pensive singer/songwriter, Gallup sounds like she could be recording a soundtrack for the femme fatale heroine of some modern film noir on Swerve.
"She's backed by a band this time, after having done her previous album solo, and that allows for some imaginative arrangements on top of her always sterling guitar work. Her mature, often ironic lyrics are sharp and abundant, sometime stream-of-consciousness rich, sometimes laconically insightful. Her vivid, needle-sharp songs often ponder running away, coming back, or sometimes wanting to do both at the same time. Her vocal presence is sometimes lushly sensual, sometimes whimsically flip, sometimes on the frantic edge of danger and pain. The accompaniment, whether solo guitar or full band, always builds on the mood she creates with her words and voice.
"'When you told me, honey, you'd love me forever / Was your money on the end of the world?' she coyly asks in 'Money,' the disc's opening rocker, flashing a picture of a woman hitting the road to leave behind an unfaithful lover. 'What I Know,' describing an infatuation with a shady but fascinating man, is a spoken rap to bass and drum accompaniment that captures the steamy heat of a city apartment. 'Great Distance' is a quiet solo piece, a softly sensual recollection of an old love. 'One Two' contrasts the attraction and apprehension that can be found in romance by alternating the tension of edgy spoken verses with a bright pop-style chorus.
"These are songs written by a woman who appears to have been paying attention to life. Whether feeling restless or bemused, reckless or careful, Gallup is a songwriter and performer of truly rare perception and consistently impressive ability." Tom Nelligan,
SINGOUT! "With a driving beat, Annie hits the road again with her fifth release, an apt title for an artist who definitely swerves around the common path of others before her.
"Fitting what seems like a complete novel in a several minute song, Gallup leaves you knowing the people she has created, what they look like, and their innermost passions. Her folk-rap delivery presents the story lines in a mix of poetry and prose. If she were on the library shelf she'd be amid the best sellers, and I don't think that the folk world fully appreciates her lyrical strengths. She presents usual scenes unusually, playing with words and rhythm, in a way that often allows little time for us to process her cleverness and depth.
"Like a good actress she uses spaces and intonation well. In her comical jaunt with the antics of three buddies all named Bill, she makes you rely on her delivery to help you keep straight with which Bill is which. She is not without humor as she makes clear that their escapades cost her several bills.
"Though she's gathered a great group of players on this current release (Danny McDermott, Rob Curto, Billy Masters, Gideon Freudmann) it's still Annie's talents that shine through. Her guitar skills mirror here word use, scant or flashy, but right on. Annie is predictably unpredictable. In a traffic flow of common routes and same-old same-old, Annie will excite folk fans looking for new curves." Angela Page
Fish Records, UK "Combining her fantastic lyrics
and poetry with strong melodies and a top band has produced an excellent
albumit works on so many levels. It has immediacy in the strength
of the melodies and the brilliance of the recording, but it's only
on repeated listening that the real charms of the disc become apparentthere
are lots of words to get your teeth into, and the more you listen
the more there is to enjoy; it really is impressive stuff."
Dirty Linen "She sounds like the musical daughter of Joni Mitchell and Lou Reed, simultaneously confident and vulnerable, a practiced storyteller and poet whose stream-of-consciousness narratives of strange but vivid characters share space with diamond-cut confessional vignettes of off-center and sometimes reckless romances. Her lyrics are complex and often non-linear, but well worth following, her quiet but careful guitar accompaniment a well-matched frame."
Acoustic Guitar "Even her most straightforward lyrics possess a fantastic, almost subliminal quality that brings to mind the magic-realist fiction of Gabriella Garcia Marquez."
New York Daily News "...Filled with deft metaphors and riveting images sifted from love's ashes. It's so smooth you'd hardly know it's poetry."
Sing Out! "She's erotic in the noblest sense of the word and her lyrical genius is spellbinding."
Performing Songwriter "...Narrative reminiscencesfully developed, intently marrying scenes and emotions, and brimming with delicious rhymes..."
Guitar World Acoustic "...Clever folkie shows backbone, humor and very listener-friendly guitar chops in her speak-singing songs, related in a confidential, person-to-person way."
Oasis Recording "The music (and at least equally so, the lyrics) are truly extraordinary; it's one of the most artistically pleasing projects we've worked on."
Sing Out! "Sometimes an artist comes out of nowhere and completely knocks you over. Annie Gallup is such an artist...Gallup writes incredible lyrics..."
Mountain XPress "Proof that startlingly original artists do exist... Gallup's guitar playing favors complex runs and picking patterns while her voice glides easily from the conversational to the ethereal, framing an unabashed gift for language and an idiosyncratic perspective that yields big truths in small musical packages. Talent enough to humble the average giant."
Dirty Linen"It's relatively rare to find an original voice among singer-songwriters, but Annie Gallup fits the bill. Gallup's pipes blend the throaty smoothness of early Joni Mitchell with a distinctive inflective twang that is closer to Lucinda Williams. An unlikely combination perhaps, but the effect is captivating."