On her debut album Keep It Close, Mississippi songwriter Anne Freeman breaks out nationally, making the case for herself as an artist to watch. The 10-song album is packed to the brim with bangers and slow burns alike, pulling inspiration from indie rock and dream pop in equal measures, and topping it with a dose of Southern twang that Freeman has been honing since she was 12.
Lead single and opener City Watched Me Burn begins with jangly guitars before the band breaks in, and Freeman’s soaring voice delivers hook after hook.
I’ve Got A Knife operates in a similar vein, the driving band backing her airy voice as she delivers real talk about the fears of walking home at night, finding comfort in clutching a small pocket knife.
The song was recorded in a single take. It’s an urgent energy that the whole album distills so expertly, honed over years performing in dive bars, and time spent accompanying her older brother to clubs in her teens.
Loose Connection is a slow burn of epic proportions, at some points even invoking Kacey Musgraves in the stadium-sized emotions Freeman conjures. Follow Me builds around a beautiful 12-string guitar, and When I’m A Wreck pulls out all the stops with a gut-wrenching orchestral arrangement that builds throughout the song.
It’s hard to find a weak song on this collection, as the sonic flow move from reflective lulls to break-out moments that thrill the senses. Keep It Close is an incredibly strong debut and invites repeated listens.
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