With the release of her debut album, Nomad, Anna Rose offers listeners a slick blend of singer/songwriter based pop and rock – and although on a certain level her sound isn’t the most unique sound you may ever hear, it works as it brings to mind comparisons to famed artists such as Harvest-era Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and the like. Rose’s backing band is a pretty solid unit that can rock when it needs to such as on “Picture” and can do a bluesy, twangy swing on “I’ll Be Gone.” But the album’s standout talent is Anna Rose herself who has a stunningly beautiful voice that balances great loss, love, regret and hope that on several of Nomad’s tracks will stop you in your tracks and make you pay attention to her. Rose has an unusual confidence about her which suggest that she may very well be a huge star.
However, sadly, there are several lines throughout Rose’s debut effort that are absolute groaners – “Wilshire Blvd.,” a song written for and inspired by Rose’s time in Los Angeles which makes a reference to wings of angels and another song that has a line which goes something along the lines of “In the springtime of my winter.” Her voice makes the occasional groaner fairly passable. Regardless, this is a pretty damn good debut and it’ll be interesting to see how Anna Rose’s career develops in the future.