Anna Burch
Quit The Curse


3.6
great

Review

by house cat STAFF
February 2nd, 2018 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the one that's more shadow than sun

Shy, introverted, kinda lonely Anna Burch tries to compensate with this one. Quit the Curse is suffused with a frankness present only to communicate the thoughts otherwise obstructed by notions of social acceptability and the like. ”I like you best when you’re a mess”" you just can’t say that to people, Anna.

I’m stood at the foot of a really peculiar crossroads here: the record is boring, in a sense -- as lazy and ambling as the hours that make a Sunday afternoon; and yet -- and yet -- there’s an undeniable charm to the way Anna finds comfort in her own lazy compositions. Guitars are jangly and dry, happy to skip sheepishly between the few open chords one learns in the first couple of months after they pick up the axe (though she’s mastered the use of the capo, so I suppose it evens out), and the bass sticks to the assigned, plodding root notes with utmost conviction. As such, there’s little to hide behind, which is perfect for Burch -- who pens these lovesick open letters with every intention of them being heard without the embellishments. In the space of Asking 4 A Friend, ”So why do I feel so exposed, when I’m the one who’s more composed"” isn’t a rhetorical question, because it needs the response to resolve. ”You’re faking the fall”, it concludes -- like it’s found the answer and it, somewhat disappointingly, hasn’t affected the dynamic in the slightest.

Memeified song titles aside, Burch’s humour manifests as some kind of medicine. Quit the Curse owns its fumbling awkwardness, lives in it, in an attempt to reclaim a confidence lost in the sideways glances of the people (person") around (inside") her. Consider 2 Cool 2 Care’s standout lyric: ”From what I can see, reciprocity is boring, but I’m tired of unrequited love stories”, which is memorable, amusingly, because it’s not meant to be. The delivery is dry and deadpan, less wrapped up in nostalgia and reverb than most singer-songwriters occupying the same niche (mellow, introspective jangle pop), and it makes you feel like you’re eavesdropping. More specifically, it’s like you’ve picked up on the passive aggressiveness of Burch’s words before her intended audience has. How awkward.

So despite the rut she’s found herself in, we’re laughing with her, not at her. The record makes no indelible mark on your day -- I imagine this skirting the periphery of most year-end lists, the perennial shut-out waiting flustered at the gates (“I’m sorry, you’re not on the list”) -- but it’s detailed enough to add dimensions to the scene Burch sets. She sets it tiredly; no, wait! sleepily -- a word that conjures peacefulness rather than such a haggard and frayed type of exhaustion, but also comfortably. I’m a little bit in love with it, but I’m also disappointed in it. Comfort leads to complacence leads to “what might have been”: a hypothetical I hope I continue to avoid.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
verdant
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2018


2053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

first review as a staff member, which is a tautology if u really think about it



thanks



(this is amazing in a very unassuming way)

Lucid
February 2nd 2018


9070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I’m a little bit in love with it, but I’m also disappointed in it."

Same. Not a knockout debut but there's something irresistible here.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2018


2034 Comments


"How awkward."
i think you are the only person on this site who can get away with ending a para like that.

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2018


11680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The singles for this one sounded great, excited to give it a listen.

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 2nd 2018


25633 Comments


Congrats on your first staff review. Love your style, man.

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Papa Universe
February 2nd 2018


12200 Comments


Obligatory feature for verdant, staff or not.

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Papa Universe
February 2nd 2018


12200 Comments


Still pos you mentally.

verdant
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2018


2053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

sweethearts, the lotta ya

Dewinged
February 2nd 2018


8354 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cementing that new title with a sweet review, nice Jack.

The album though, heard three tracks, found it very boring and put it aside, but I'll give it another shot.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2018


23003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

I was in the process of doing a write-up for this lol



definitely didn't expect a review to drop on release day for it @ verdant, you sly bastard



#staff power





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klap
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2018


11833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lucidity actually just recced this to me the other day. this pleases me

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2018


23003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

same. "I wonder what klap thinks of this" went through my head like 5 minutes ago. speak of the devil :]

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2018


17743 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This looks like some 'farmer's-daughter-in-The-Walking-Dead' core

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kris.
February 2nd 2018


14818 Comments


just listened to a few of her songs the other night because youtube rec'd em, really dug what i heard. will check.

Taxt
February 2nd 2018


1078 Comments


Sounds interesting, nice review.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2018


20736 Comments


mmmm look at that 3.6, can't believe my boi is all grown up (':

budgie
February 2nd 2018


4223 Comments


vocals are a tragedy :[

foxblood
February 2nd 2018


8187 Comments


the instrumentals are pretty amateurish

Atari
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2018


23003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

love the guitar tones in asking 4 a friend

SIIMBOLIC
February 5th 2018


925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the was a real pleasant listen



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