CD Review: Annie Crane “Jump with a Child’s Heart”

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Music
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Annie Crane is one of the most promising artists in the folk genre. Her music will remind you of famous artists like Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and more recent musicians like Linda Williams and Gillian Welch. These singers have a certain something that makes people stop and listen, and Crane has the same type of style to her music that make her one of the best folk singer-songwriters today.

Annie Crane became known for her first full-length release entitled Through the Farmlands and the Cities. That CD came out in 2008 and helped her gain a following that has continued to grow through the years. Now, Crane is celebrating the recent release of her newest album, Jump with a Child’s Heart. This new album is a solid release with much to offer the listener.

Jump with a Child’s Heart begins with the title track. The track features a simple musical backing with Crane on guitar, Eric Wolfson on bass and album producer Frank Hoier adding some slide guitar to the song. The song features a very “folk” feeling to the lyrics, as they tell a story of having to put in some sweat if you want something bad enough. One of the best parts of the song is the three-part harmony created by Hoier and Crane as Crane layers her voice to create that harmony in the vocals of the song.

The second song, “You, Me and the Evergreen,” is one of the most beautiful tracks on the album. The simple instrumentation on the song is just right, as the simple guitar part by Annie Crane adds just enough music to create a background for Crane’s lyrics. The trumpet from Jason Benjamin really makes the song for me, giving the song a lot of beauty to the music. The backing vocals from Crane and producer Frank Hoier add more beauty and texture while filling out the sound on the track.

Folk music is known for songs that tell stories through their lyrics. “Copenhagen Heart” from Annie Crane’s most recent release is one of those types of songs. The song is about the time when Annie got stuck in Paris while on tour because of the volcanic ash coming from Iceland, leaving her in France only a month before her wedding. “Copenhagen Heart” is probably the most produced track on the CD, as the music for the song also features Sarah Bowman as her cello gives the song both beauty and fullness.

For the song “Money Only Hates Me,” Crane takes the song about a sore subject and gives it a very upbeat feel in its music. The bouncy feel to the music presents the idea that Crane is trying to send and plays it down a little. What could be a very depressing song is actually light and fun to listen to. And Crane’s three-part harmonizing at the beginning of the song adds to the light-hearted feeling of the track.

It is on the song “Hell’s Gate” that the listener finds the serious feeling that was expected on “Money Only Hates Me”. “Hell’s Gate” is the song that was written by Annie Crane in response to the BP oil spill. The song was featured on a benefit compilation.

Adding a little sadness to the release is the song “Ghost Body”. The lyrics tell of a woman finding her husband dead and then rejoicing over that fact.

Annie Crane ends her newest release Jump with a Child’s Heart with the song “Lookin’ Out”. The song features lyrics about thinking back to times of sitting with her grandma just spending times on the porch “lookin’ out” at the world. The music is very simple, with just Crane on the guitar and Alexa Woodward on the banjo creating a simple folk melody.

Jump with a Child’s Heart from Annie Crane is a very good folk release. The music will satisfy anyone looking for good folk music while Crane’s lyrics are very accessible to any music lover. The nine-song release from Crane will leave you satisfied while still wanting more.

Find out about Annie Crane’s PR firm, Fanatic Promotion.

Click here for the video for “You, Me and the Evergreen”.

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