MP3 Michelle Anthony - frozenstarpalace
Alternative, rock, indie, AAA
7 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, ROCK: Americana
Michelle Anthony is a Kansas City native, Milwaukee transplant and current resident of Austin, Texas. Michelle released her first solo album, "Stand Fall Repeat," in August 2004 on the Chicago label Burn and Shiver. "Stand Fall Repeat" received acclaim from critics in the US and UK, including praise from https://www.tradebit.comntry stalwarts, No Depression, in a "Town and Country" feature in the magazine.
Since releasing "Stand Fall Repeat," Anthony has continued to write, record and tour. Her live performances have been noteworthy critic''s pick for dozens of publications, including the Austin Chronicle, Shepherd Express, Dallas Observer, The Pitch (KC), Chicago Reader, the Onion, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She has toured the Midwest extensively and played both coasts. Michelle appeared on the famed Mountain Stage (West Virginia) in October 2004 with k.d. Lang and Bruce Cockburn and on the WGN-TV Morning Show in Chicago. Michelle and her Chicago-based band played the 2005 South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
"Frozenstarpalace," released on October 31, 2006, is already garnering critical support. The album was produced by Barry Goldberg (Smashing Pumpkins, Fleetwood Mac, Michelle Shocked, Rickie Lee Jones) and recorded in Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Austin, TX. Engineers on the album include Jay O''Rourke (Material Issue) in Chicago, Ric Probst in Milwaukee and Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani DiFranco, Eliza Gilkyson) in Austin. Credits on the album: Michelle (vocals, bass, organ, Rhodes, piano), Scott Anthony (guitar, bass, banjo), Gerald Dowd(drums), Grant Tye (lead guitar), Brian Wooldridge (bass), Ryan Stang (bass, organ), Chris Lovejoy (drums), melaniejane (cello).
Over the past year, Michelle has also become involved in Voices and Faces, a non-profit national network created to give voice and face to survivors of sexual violence. Ann Ream, Voices and Faces founder, specifically picked Michelle''s song "White Lies" to be the feature download song for the Voices and Faces website as the song''s theme of telling the truth resonates with the goals of the organization. "White Lies" is on the Voices and Faces Benefit CD released October 2006, along with contributions from Strays Don''t Sleep, Neko Case, Motion City Soundtrack, Michelle Shocked, Bird York, Martha Berner, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, Jesse Sykes, David Garza, Fielding, Joseph Arthur, Jon Rauhouse, Neilson Hubbard and The New Pornographers.
Although Anthony''s solo debut was released in 2004, she is no novice to the music industry. Born into a musical family, she began playing the piano when she was a toddler. In high school and college, she played bass, guitar, keyboards and sang back-up vocals for local rock bands. While a student majoring in English Lit, she booked national bands for her university and worked as an A&R intern for Capitol Records. She considered a career in the music business, but a move to the coast was indefinitely postponed when she entered graduate studies. She continued writing songs, playing in bands, and worked as a production assistant for the world''s largest music festival, Summerfest. It was only after college when she joined Milwaukee rock group Capital 8 that she began writing and recording her own music.
ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Michelle Anthony has a big, full-throated, blues-tinged voice reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt or Lou Ann Barton, but she lacks much interest in plowing the same old roots rock field one might expect from a singer with this kind of instrument. Aimee Mann''s post-punk take on the ''70s singer/songwriter sound is much more what Anthony has in mind on her second album: the songs are inventively arranged, with much prominence given to Anthony''s own battery of keyboards, ranging from Carole King/Carly Simon piano to the sort of oddball electric ornamentation that Patrick Warren uses to enliven Michael Penn''s albums. Anthony''s band consists mostly of Robbie Fulks'' usual sidemen, which adds an occasional alt-country twang to tunes like "Hard Way to Lose," but on songs like the impassioned rocker "Ugly Side," which sounds like a lost gem from the Learning to Crawl-era Pretenders, and the astonishingly Mann-like "Aluminum," Anthony is making the AAA-radio scene her home, and it suits her. The only problem with Frozenstarpalace is that at seven songs in just under 25 minutes, it''s too short by half. - Stewart Mason **** 4 Stars
Roots rock singer-songwriter Michelle Anthony moved from long-time home Milwaukee to Austin, Tex., in 2005 which might explain why she sounds so much warmer on her new EP. Mining a similar vein as Sheryl Crow on Tuesday Night Music Club, Anthony tended to be downbeat on her 2004 debut Stand Fall Repeat (as well as with her former band Capital 8). But the ice has thawed and she''s ready to frolic in the green grass. Opening track "Lead Glass Tiffany Shades" bops along with Carole King-style sunniness, and while the title track make obvious reference to the frigid winters Anthony left behind, she sounds revitalized on he seven-song disc. - Steven Hyden (3/2007)
Anthony’s music reminds me a lot of Aimee Mann; both women are rock with a pop twist, and their voices are similar in emotion and depth. Anthony’s album is both sad and triumphant, a story of a woman in the middle of a life change. Fans of Aimee Mann, as well as Carole King and Bonnie Raitt, both of whom Anthony has also been compared to, would be wise to check out Anthony, a well-hidden treasure.- Dana Reinoos(2/2007)
Michelle Anthony''s *Frozenstarpalace (Merctwyn Records) grounds up its many recording sites (Chicago, Milwaukee, L.A., Austin) like the opening cut into this seven-song EP, "Lead Glass Tiffany Shades." That gives FSP a kind of untethered sound, even under the tutelage of producer Barry Goldberg, but Anthony''s pro enough to let her music stand on its own. She loves her rock & roll ("Ugly Side"), yet doesn''t hesitate to wax sentimental with "White Lies." - Margaret Moser (2/2007)
THE ONION - A.V. CLUB
Singer-songwriter Michelle Anthony wasn''t born in Milwaukee, and she left town for Austin more than a year ago, but she is still a true-blue Milwaukeean. Moving here from Kansas City to attend Marquette University, Anthony spent 10 years in local bands and clubs cutting her teeth with the roots-rock quartet Capital 8. In 2004 she struck out on her own on Stand Fall Repeat, an acclaimed CD produced by ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett that drew raves from alt-country Bible No Depression and earned Anthony comparisons to kindred spirits such as Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan. Now Anthony is back with a new EP, frozenstarpalace, which was mostly written and recorded before she moved to Austin in May 2005 with her husband Scott. (The title track makes reference to the frigid winters the cold-averse singer no longer has to suffer through). Daring to venture back ehre just as the six-month chill settles in, Anthony will celebrate the release of frozenstarpalace with a CD-release show...(interview) (11/2006)
...Nevertheless, she has the unaffected delivery of her Midwestern heritage and the ability, reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan, to quietly insinuate herself into the spaces between conscious thoughts. Her songwrtiting widens those spaces on Frozenstarpalace, a seven-track EP that improves upon her strong 2004 debut Stand Fall Repeat. From the high-intensity country-rock romp of "Ugly Side" to the Carole King bounce of "Lead Glass Tiffany Shades", Anthony rarely overthinks lyrics and virtually never mismatches the moods of the words and the music. Some credit belongs to her fellow musicians (including Robbie Fulks sidemen Grant Tye and Gerald Dowd) and engineers (including Barry Goldberg and Jay O''Rourke), but the stark beauty of the ballad "White Lies," on which Anthony accompanies herself with radiantly melancholy piano, proves she both holds and deserves the spotlight. - Jon Gilbertson (1/2007)
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS AND VIEWS (Miami)
Even though it’s of abbreviated length, the sophomore set from newcomer Michelle Anthony strikes a fine line between sass and sensitivity. Indeed, it’s a mark of her versatility and musical dexterity that she’s able to veer so adeptly between genres, playing the sensitive songstress one moment and the brash, defiant rocker the next. Happily, no matter which direction she takes, Anthony proves herself more than capable of setting her stance and establishing an electrifying presence. She makes her mark early on with opening offering “Lead Glass Tiffany Shades” which, despite its jumbled title, finds her singing with a swagger and a jaunty, jazzy disposition. The title track follows, a song that’s all sass and slide guitar, but it’s the two songs that follow -– “Ugly Side” and “Aluminum” -- that find Anthony in a more studied setting, the former a study in quiet contemplation, the latter a torch song ballad that becomes a riveting showcase for her raw, emotional expression. “Hard Way to Lose” and “Chance” temper the vicissitude, allowing the set to reach its conclusion with an easy lilt and carefree sway. In the hands of another, this shift in sentiment might prove unnerving. However, in this case, it’s merely the mark of an artist who can claim brilliance as part of her vocabulary. -Lee Zimmerman (10/2006)
Michelle Anthony isn’t your typical singer-songwriter, although she does have enough chops to earn that moniker, with songs like the bouncy, happy-go-lucky “Lead Glass Tiffany Shades” that sounds like a cross between Carole King and Bonnie Raitt to some extent. Meanwhile, the moody and mid-tempo adult contemporary pop of the title track is sure to bring to mind artists like Aimee Mann and Natalie Merchant. It’s the fact that she can’t be penned down that results in a very fine release, especially with the rowdier, roots rock of “Ugly Side”, which is quite pretty. Anthony shows another side with the smart, poppy “Aluminum” that relies more on her voice than it does the airtight, infectious, and winding melody. Then there is the tender, bittersweet piano ballad “White Lies” that she nails perfectly. And the same can be said for the delightfully low-key “Hard Way to Lose”. It’s a hard release not to enjoy. -Jason MacNeil. (10/2006)
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL (interview)
"Her voice, which quietly recalls Carole King at her prime and Sarah McLachlan at her most subtle, comes closer to a honeyed fullness. Her instrumental work, primarily undertaken at the piano, is no less deft."
LA DAILY NEWS Singer-songwriter Michelle Anthony follows her unjustly neglected 2004 gem, "Stand Fall Repeat," with the seven-song mini-album "*Frozenstarpalace" (Merctwyn), another solid effort that at times recalls the livelier Aimee Mann of a few years ago. (1/2007)