Annabelle Chvostek - Resilience

This CD has everything you look for in a great folk album: acoustic guitars, rich vocals and even the soothing twang of a mandolin. Resilience is a great example of how having all the right elements doesn’t necessarily equal excellence. There are four really brilliant tracks on this album, but the downfall is they’re mixed in with eight other songs that range from mediocre to borderline annoying. Other than a few bright spots, the lyrics feel underdeveloped; in several places, Chvostek resorts to repeating the same line over and over… and over again to the point where you just want to scream “I get it!” at your CD player. Overall, not the quality one would expect from the artist’s third solo production.

Published in Volume 63, Number 17 of The Uniter (January 22, 2009)

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