The new EP is rather good. The songwriting, which I originally thought a touch unfocused and overwrought, is actually very solid and exhibits a flair on Annie's part for artfully generating momentum and, more importantly, maintaining it. Her technical gifts and her evocative, Liz Fraser-like flair for pleasantly unexpected turns of lilting actually appear to have grown stronger. It goes without saying that having Robin Guthrie behind her is a tremendous asset, just as it was on her debut album. This is a beautiful work of art; keep up the excellent and extremely promising work, Annie!
This woman is definitely a contender. If she eschews the 60s-esque semi-political ranting against market forces and corporations (e.g. "Revolutionary Rock 'N' Roll"), and instead sticks with expressing herself in more emotional and abstract contexts ("Kissed Me," "Pretty Boy Game," "Beautiful Life"), and if she continues to fortify her compositions with the aid of brilliant musicians of the calibre of the great Robin Guthrie, then she could be the next Liz Fraser/Lisa Gerrard. She is that good. (And to people who have shouted positively about eMusic, I agree, eMusic owns.)