Annie B contacted me via Facebook and asked if I would be interested in reviewing “Fancies of a Random Heart.” I told her what I tell all artists , “send me your CD.”
I received not 1, but 2 Cd’s via snail mail within 2 days. My usual routine is to open the package and insert the artist’s masterpiece of years of hard work, into the overflowing basket of Cd’s . The Cd’s are organized by date received . A wait your turn system. Very rarely do I check outside of this system. Most of the time live reviews take precedence, and breaking music news next in line, with Cd reviews on the “To do” list.
Annie B took her time to hand write a personnel note to me (The Milwaukee Rock Music Examiner.) This was a first. I have received short , typed notes of thanks, but never a hand written introduction.
Annie B & The Vagabond Company “Fancies of a Random Heart,” moved up to number 1, so here I am sharing with you.
I spent my usual two weeks on research and listening.
I am a specialist in the rock and roll genre, putting Annie B & The Vagabond Company, slightly out of my usual class of music.
I liked the songs, each and every track of the 12 had a really happy and fun quality.
The music made you laugh and , being female myself, I felt myself laughing and relating to the plights the lyrics conveyed.
The single, “Everything,” was nice, but when I saw the Youtube video promoting track 10 of Annie B & The Vagabond Company’s release, that is when I went from good music, to awesome live performance. The Cd includes a really spicy version of “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” and my favorite , “Chase Her.”
Annie B comes alive on stage. The studio does not capture the essence of her beautiful voice and stage presence. (see video)
Annie’s soft sophistication must be witnessed visually. Her adorable smile and fashion are fresh and pleasant, to the point you re-play the Cd, so now you can relate to her randomness with a new insight.
I was already a big fan of drummer Dave Johnson ,also percussionist of Reckless Life (Guns ‘n Roses Tribute) but really wasn’t expecting to enjoy female vocals to the point of purchase.
I was so wrong. Annie B’s charisma is beyond charming and her vocal range and writing very unique and trendy. Listeners could be in a demographic span of 8-80. That is hard to achieve.
The most impressive experience on researching this review was Annie B’s drive and work ethic. Her blog and knowledge of the music business, is unsurpassed.
Annie B & The Vagabond Company, handle all their own PR, booking, writing, and the work is paying off. Annie B has been asked to sing on a Metallica tribute Cd, including such artists as, Kiss, Megadeth and more.
Talent, business smarts, and motivation are the keys to this bands current and future success.
Buy CD here and be sure to check future live dates
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Dave Johnson-drums, Dennis Michael-bass, Annie B-vocals & guitar