(13 May 2000) Singer / songwriter Sally Anthony has not yet
released an album but has generated two EPs; One Word Poetry
Contest is the artist's five-track debut and The Preview
is a four-track followup. Her "vocal style blends powerful
alternative with soulful R&B, and delivers a strong performance
of original material." Two tracks from her debut album were
picked up for the independent film Loser Love starring Lauren
Hutton and Burt Young.
The first EP spans the range of the artist's styles. "They
Say" develops into a lush rocking number complete with hook in
its chorus. "Places" is a soft ballad, most illustrative of Sally's
vocal prowess, full of emotion with sensitive and sensual vocal
performances. We were most reminded of Andrea Corr in this
performance. Backing vocals are effective in adding texture to
the track. "Mary" is a dynamic alternative rock ballad with moving
choruses full of lush backing vocals, heavy guitar and soaring lead
vocals. Sally's soaring vocals carry the sensitive ballad "Witness"
which builds in lushness as the song develops. "Phil 4: II" is a
rhythmic rocker with highly experimental and imaginative vocals.
Sally Anthony's second EP, The Preview picks up where her
first left off. With touring and further studio work among her
accomplishments, production is more lush, and vocals are clearer
from the outset. "Martyr" is a modern alternative rock track
with a quick lead vocal supported by soaring harmonies and loads
of guitar. Experimental style vocals heard earlier in "Phil 4,"
continue in "Never Here" but are supported by additional harmonies
characteristic of this second EP. "Fleeting" is the EP's soft
and heartfelt ballad sung over piano. Lovely harmonies support
the lead vocal track and add texture to the overall sound. We
were again reminded of Andrea Corr with Sally's vocal performance.
The EP concludes with the dynamic rocker "I Know You." Here
powerful vocal performance are underscored by rich guitar-based
instrumentation. The EP certainly illlustrates the professional
development of this stunning vocal artist.
With two EPs now under her belt, it seems that Sally Anthony is
ready to generate a full length album. She has illustrated a
broad range of talent, both in singing and songwriting and the
range of styles is dramatic. Both will interest female vocal
enthusiasts and are available from the artist's website. Worth
a journey, they are a nice listen!