Trespassers William
Anchor


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2010 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: humble beginnings.

The three Trespassers William LPs chronicle the band’s maturation rather distinctly – where Different Stars shows the band better handling their attempts at profundity and Having being a subsequent development of their song-writing prowess, Anchor seems almost juvenile alongside the two latter records. The ‘slowcore’ elements of Trespassers William’s music that comes to light with Different Stars is absent from Anchor’s repertoire; the streamlining of the band’s style has not yet occurred, and though melancholic constituents of later albums can be picked out in certain songs, Anchor is for the most part a female-fronted alternative rock album toying with both indie and folk elements, resembling anything between The Cranberries and Cat Power.

What best explains the difference between Anchor and its follow-up Different Stars lies in the one song that occurs in both: ‘Anchor’. The song was originally written much before Different Stars, and despite appearing on Anchor it was re-recorded with slightly different instrumentation and tempo for the band’s sophomore record. While both versions are very well executed, noting the differences between them is the only real step in distinguishing between the two albums; the Different Stars version is very dreamy, fitting in perfectly with the rest of the album, while the debut’s version is much more up-beat (disregarding the fact that it’s a sad song), its instrumentation far more prominent and in the foreground than the re-recording.

Opening track ‘I Know’, arguably the album’s best track, is reminiscent of later work with its lush arrangements and forlorn subject matter, yet the distinctive folk elements of the song set it apart from their shoegaze inspired albums to come. In contrast, tracks like ‘Cabinet’ are very unusual for a listener acquainted with the band’s later albums – hinting at a country aesthetic (something vaguely apparent in other tracks such as ‘Washes Away’, through the band’s light folk fixation), the track is crafted around the typical alternative rock conventions that were making rounds in the mid to late 90s.

Although it’s the truth, saying that Anchor is Trespassers William’s worst album doesn’t really undermine it in any way. The band gently experiments with various styles within their alternative framework, and the results that we see in Different Stars and Having are well worth it. Nonetheless, Anchor is still a very enjoyable record – the strength of Anna-Lynne Williams’ voice is naturally its selling point, and much like their later albums, several songs will always stick out to the listener and define the album for them.



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2010


17920 Comments


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rasputin
February 2nd 2010


14546 Comments


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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2010


17920 Comments


nm sad that you added me on facebook and gave me a sweet short glimpse at your beautiful face and then deleted it again

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2010


17920 Comments


actually i can't remember if that really happened or not

rasputin
February 2nd 2010


14546 Comments


made it for two days so all the people i know would add me and then i took all the photos of me on their profiles and then deleted it again

my normal computer is out of action for a while so i've got no photos of myself to look at, you know how it is

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2010


17920 Comments


i wish i was pretty enough to look at and be happy

rasputin
February 2nd 2010


14546 Comments


channing what are you even saying you're so pretty

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2010


17920 Comments


omg :]]

rasputin
February 2nd 2010


14546 Comments


thanks dude

Phantom
February 2nd 2010


8930 Comments


Nice revuee, still need to get different stars. Will do now.

jingledeath
February 2nd 2010


7104 Comments


Might get this at some point. Different Stars and Having are both amazinginging.

TheSpirit
February 2nd 2010


17883 Comments


really good review

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Knott-
Emeritus
February 2nd 2010


10197 Comments


naice

PuddlesPuddles
February 2nd 2010


4773 Comments


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