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Sally Anthony One Word Poetry Contest
Image © 1998 Elsie Records

Sally Anthony The Preview
Image © 2000 Elsie Records

(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!

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