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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Archer Records
  • ASIN: B000OZ2D3S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's probably unfair to compare every young, sweet-voiced, genre-bending chanteuse with Norah Jones. Though Amy LaVere similarly sounds jazzy and torchy with touches of country and soul, what distinguishes her are the Memphis grooves of producer Jim Dickinson and the edgier sensibility she brings to material such as "Killing Him," "Pointless Drinking," and "People Get Mad." A stand-up acoustic bassist and sometime actress (Black Snake Moan, Walk the Line), LaVere brings a seductive lilt to "Tennessee Valentine" and "Cupid's Arrow," with the funky propulsion of Carla Thomas's "That Beat" and the relentless throb of "Washing Machine" showing that she can be earthy as well as dreamy. An open-hearted rendition of Bob Dylan's "I'll Remember You" closes this solid sophomore effort. --Don McLeese

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She has a very soothing, smooth tone that is an extreme joy to listen to.
Chrissy K. McVay
I especially like her song 'Tennessee Valentine' which brings to mind the romance we all long for.
L. Yan
Highly recommended for jazz and indie fans with a taste for something unique.
The Unplain Jane

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ARM on June 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Buy this album and fall in love with Amy Lavere. In recent years almost every emerging female vocalist who can write, compose, and manage to maintain artist integrity is immediately compared to Norah Jones. Most often, this turns out to be nothing more than a compliment to the artist who almost hit the mark; however, Amy Lavere has blown everyone else out the water with this album. Just like Norah Jones did several years, Amy Lavere has taken a genre of music and made it her own in Anchors and Anvils. Instead of drifting beside you in the glow of love as Jones does so well, Lavere pulls a stool up next to you, buys you a shot of something strong and tells you her story. Her sound is phenomenal. Her musical talents are as brazen and sexy as her evocative lyrics. She is jazz, country, and blues all rolled into one very talented musician and writer. This is the album that you've been waiting to hear. She is one to watch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Smallchief on October 5, 2007
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Amy Lavere's second CD is just as good as her first, and may show a bit more range in her song choice. The gypsy violin is superb and prominent on many of these country-rock-cabaret-jazz-songs. Amy sings and plays a stand up bass.

Lavere has a little-girl, ingenue voice that sounds oh-so-vulnerable, but with a touch of cynicism and humor. "Killing Him" has a hard driving rhythm line. I heard it on NPR and it first attracted me to Lavere. "Tennessee Valentine" has echoes of "Tennessee Waltz." The lyrics are great on all the songs: "Sitting in the dark at night, listening to the washing machine, wishing she could leave, but she had so many loads to clean." I wish they had printed the lyrics.

"Cupid's Arrow" is the funniest, edgy-ist song on the CD: "Like a sniper with a rocket...you gotta learn to shoot first if you aim to kill." Lavere is a bit dark, a bit tongue-in-cheek, and always original.

Smallchief
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonker on June 7, 2007
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I'm enjoying this album. How many people sing while playing stand-up bass? How many women play stand-up bass at all? Here is all of the above which is kind of neat, and LaVere also writes to boot.

I can see the comparisons to Nora Jones, but she also reminds me of Lucinda Williams, and other times like the female vocalist who was (is?) in the Squirrel Nut Zippers. However, she really sounds like none of them, they're just elements one can pick out. She's more entertaining and less torchy than Nora and less country than Lucinda. Or you can just listen to the samples and decide for yourself.

Her bass playing is not virtuosic but it's solid and supportive of the rest of the band which often cooks. It's not a mere gimmick.

I also like her writing. Five of the cuts are LaVere originals. No one would compare her with Joni or Ani here, but the songs are catchy and hooky. I especially like the first cut, "Killing Him," which is the story of a domestic murder with the tag line "Killing him didn't make the love go away."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Unplain Jane on February 4, 2009
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So I was thinking to myself this morning, that I really needed to learn an instrument like guitar or piano, to accompany my singing... and that made me wonder... how come it's always guitar or piano that people play? Why not drums or harp or something else? Well I went to Gravity Lounge in Charlottesville tonight and did see something else! I ended up seeing one of the coolest funkiest shows I've ever seen. Amy LaVere is this firecracker of a woman who sings and plays an upright base. She's this tiny person dancing and throwing around this huge instrument. She has a voice somewhere between Jewel and Amy Winehouse when she sings and a bit like Karen Walker from Will & Grace when she's entertaining the crowd. The guitarist played solos that brought their audience to the edge of their seats.

Her lyrics usually have an intelligent wryness about them. Check out the songs "Pointless Drinking" and "Take 'em or Leave 'em". The sound is varied around a bluesy root... ranging from country, to jazz to punk. Sometimes you even hear a little Billie Holiday in her voice, especially on some of the slower jazzier numbers.

The album doesn't quite capture the dynamics of her amazing live performance but is a gem. I haven't hit the road without it in my shuffle since the concert. Highly recommended for jazz and indie fans with a taste for something unique.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Livaja on March 17, 2008
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That is the best word to describe this follow-up effort from this, regrettably, virtually unknown artist. There are hints of Norah Jones, Martha Wainwright, Jolie Holland, & even Mazzy Star here 'n' there. Yet Amy definitely has a sound & style all her own.
I recommend all the selections on this album. Her interpretations are such that you forget the original versions, but it is her own compositions I admire most. (I still cannot get enough of `Cupid's Arrow'!!!)
My only gripe is its shortness. It leaves you wanting more & more of what you just heard. So the best solution is to simply play it again! Or put on her other album!
The arrangements are perfect (well-known & respected Jim Dickinson this time `round). And it is not that Amy has the most powerful or amazing voice. Not at all. She is a singer who is clearly aware of her strengths & her weaknesses, & therefore sings in such a fashion that it puts you in some sort of...heaven. Honestly!
I discovered Amy LaVere (as I do with many artists) from, of all places, the Ben Stiller/Farelly Bros movie Heartbreak Kid ("Take 'Em or Leave 'Em").
On top of all that she's a beautiful specimen of a woman & plays the upright-bass on everything to boot!
Check her out AND her amazing debut "This World Is Not My Home" which is equally as good (yet as short as well).
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