Anandi – The Mirror (Lake Lady Music 2002)
By Elizabeth Nitz
Born in Los Angeles into a musical family, Anandi grew up writing songs and eventually found herself in Boston performing. Her debut CD was met with airplay and media attention, and her second release, The Mirror, promises to be all that and more.
“Enough of you” starts the album with some Alison Pipitone-style blues. Her gentle but raw voice meets a gritty, sliding guitar. The instrumentation would seem to suggest a country sound, but her style is more Americana pop.
“Cheyenne” gets soft and sweet. The ballad is supported by rootsy bass and minimal drums. The dreamy “How Sweet It Was” has a Shawn Colvin feel. Just a touch of background vocals gives upbeat “Down So Long” an elegant, hopeful quality. “Forgiveness” playfully gets down with the retro sound of an organ.
The Mirror is a wonderful introduction to Anandi’s songwriting diversity and production talent. She produced the album with Brad Craig who plays nearly every instrument imaginable.
For more information, see www.anandi.com