Maine Sunday Telegram, “CD Review: Life after Gypsy Tailwind rings true for Anna Lombard,” August 29, 2013

Maine Sunday Telegram

CD Review: Life after Gypsy Tailwind rings true for Anna Lombard

‘Head Full of Bells’ showcases her delightfully soft, yet powerful voice.


August 29, 2013

In this solo debut, “Head Full of Bells,” Anna Lombard has released herself from the shackles of being only associated with Gypsy Tailwind, the Americana act that she co-founded and fronted.

She has struggled to find her own voice within this community that fell in love with her delightfully soft, yet powerful voice mixed with catchy folky music that caught the Portland music scene off guard and on fire for a couple of years.

Maine Sunday Telegraph Review

They were like a comet, suddenly lighting the sky with exuberance, then disappearing almost as quickly as they showed up (at least with Lombard in the lineup). This left people with a longing to catch a glimpse again of what they had previously witnessed, but too quickly Lombard had to jump off and switch gears, confusing the public about who she was.

As the Earth keeps turning and each year autumn comes back around with a different but never less than spectacular display of Mother Nature’s beauty, so has Lombard come back around.

Friends and fellow musicians Adam Agati and Nicholas Falk have etched in stone a permanent spot for Lombard’s gorgeous and enigmatic voice.

While listening to the eight-song CD, I became quite aware that, in particular, Agati and Lombard have used their talents the best to their advantage.

Lombard stepped back to let Agati write the music and play guitar, while she took over the reins with her beautiful voice and musicianship. This way of doing things works because there is line drawn for those roles and leaves no mystification.

The songs are all very congruent with each other, laid-back soulful pop mixes with coolly placed acoustic guitar, drum beats and subtle bass. This leaves the space for Lombard’s voice, the strongest but most velvety textured layer of the compositions.

Because each song is artfully produced with precise vision, they roll into one another effortlessly. Any one of them can be heard on the radio and you would know it was part of one collaboration.

One of my favorites is “Life Takes,” as I felt a slight shift in direction, and Lombard took some chances with her voice a bit more than in most of the rest of the CD, other than the strong finisher “All for You.” The way she sings the verses here almost reminds me of Alanis Morrisette slowed down and refined, but with sweet nuances, character and a broad range.

“Head Full of Bells” is available now from iTunes, Bandcamp and Bull Moose. Check out Lombard live this fall as she plays around the area in support of this lovely CD.


Maine Sunday Telegram, “Anna Lombard impressive in debut CD,” August 15, 2013

Maine Sunday Telegram

Anna Lombard impressive in debut CD

By Aimsel Ponti,

August 15, 2013

You’ll have to just trust me that I truly sat at my desk and listened to all eight songs on the CD, as my only distraction was looking at my two seagull pals out the window. Full disclosure: I had already heard rough mixes of some of these tunes. But to hear the final cut was a divine experience.

Lombard’s voice has never sounded better, and she’s backed by a slew of talent, including guitarist Adam Agati, who wrote the songs on “Head Full.” I haven’t been so excited for a CD-release show in quite some time, and I challenge us music fans out there to pack Port City Music Hall on Friday.
Anna Lombard

The opening song, “Leave Town,” has a haunting, cinematic air to it, both musically and lyrically. The other song I need to declare my love for is the closing one, “All For You.” Lombard’s voice is at its finest, as are Agati’s words and guitar.

The song starts off slowly and quietly, then packs a huge emotional punch as Lombard really lets loose at the 3½-minute mark. The phrase “your heart’s a machine, don’t leave me now,” is repeated, and each time you can hear the pleading in Lombard’s voice.

Add to this the cello from Darcy Doniger and violin and viola from Carolyn Mix, and you’ve got one of my favorite songs of 2013 by anyone, hands down.

I’ll leave the discovery of the six songs in between up to you, but be assured, you won’t be disappointed. Look for a full review of “Head Full of Bells” in these pages in the coming weeks.

Anna Lombard with Lyle Divinsky. 9 p.m. Friday. Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland. $10; $20 VIP; all ages.


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