Laura Jean Anderson’s four song EP, Righteous Girl, blends together garage rock, blues, soul, folk and even some psychedelic sounds into a debut that like a magnet, immediately pulls you in....and from which it is difficult to be released.
From the first track to the last, the listener is drawn into something of a sonic kaleidoscope, whose melodies surround and immerse. From the dreamlike state of “Over and Over” which focuses on that one thing we all have experienced that consumes our thoughts to “It Won’t Be Long,” which bridges rock with a magical feel, longing to have one’s burdens lifted and knowing that if the time isn’t now, it will come. A similar theme can be found in “Take Me In” which wickedly merges folk and roots rock as Anderson sings sadly yet with an optimism that she’s “gonna make it to that sunshine even if takes all of me.” The bluesy soulful title track “Righteous Girl,” is infused with that same ethereal/hazy feel although Anderson’s vocals convey a woman self-assured, assertive; one who has wrestled with issues and finally has come into her own, on her own terms.
Just as the melodies ebb and flow, so do Anderson’s vocals which are at once edgy and powerful, yet soothing, and enchanting adjusting from a whisper to a growl and then reaching the high notes without missing a beat.
Well written, atmospheric, soulful and insightful tracks that showcase an artist uniquely her own. Righteous Girl indeed.
Watch the video for "Righteous Girl" here