As far as heralded artists in the Scottish scene go, Anna Sweeney ranks high in that regard. Hailing from Ayr, she has had a fair amount of promotion behind her and received plenty of notice far and wide, all building towards the upcoming release of her debut album – Game Face.
The record starts off in stylish fashion with Jealous, which is bright and fixating as it rides off an irresistible beat. Seventeen tells the story of a not-so-tight romance, with the writing being the fundamental element here.
Anna’s harmonies are particularly gracious in You Knew It. Meanwhile, Wind And Fire is a sleek number; likewise with the lyrically great Encore. After that is Caught In The Rain, another track with a hooking melody.
She recaptures the energy of the opener with Heartbreaker’s Daughter, where the intertwining piano-based verses power into dazzling choruses, before wrapping up with the excellent and elating Fix.
Anna Sweeney does well to shine in her first full-length release, which starts off amazingly and ends on a similar high. It doesn’t always gel in parts throughout the middle, but there’s still enough positives to be had.
Overall, this is a worthy effort, and we are keen to hear more sooner than later.
“GAME FACE” IS AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY 3RD MARCH
ANNA WILL HEADLINE AN ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW AT STEREO ON THE DAY OF RELEASE, WITH SUPPORT FROM LILURA + MANDULU & HEPHZIBAH