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Amazing Ordinary Things

by Anne McCue

Described by globalmuse.com as "Music for a new era of pop". Acoustic and electric pop crafted from the heart. A cross betweenJeff Buckley and Lucinda Williams, with the Fab Four and Neil Young thrown in....
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2. Angel Inside
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3. My Only One
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4. More Than This
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5. Arcane
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6. Love We Made
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7. Desert in the Rain
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8. Laughing
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9. These Things
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10. Riding Away
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11. Always
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

ANNE IS TOURING the U.S. East Coast in July and plays Nashville April 30th. http://www.annemccue.com/tour.html for details.

This is an exceptional album which takes the listener on a voyage through textured guitars, unforgettable melodies and poetic lyrics. It speaks the language of amazing ordinary things. The album ranges from intimate songs with just Anne and her guitar to lush production with orchestra and band.

Anne has toured with Heart, Lucinda Williams, who described her as "my favorite new artist," Richard Thompson, Lowen & Navarro and Dave Alvin. You may have heard her songs on Dawson's Creek and UC Undercover.

Tour Dates:
12/12 - Psalm Salon - 8PM
5841 Overbrook Ave.
Phila, PA 19131
www.psalmsalon.com

12/13 - Cooldog House Concerts -1:00 pm - Clayton, DE
Call Paul for info: 302.659.3865
Or email: psg@cooldog.com
www.CooldogConcerts.com

12/18 - The Auction House 8:00PM
100 W. Merchant St.Audubon, NJ
856.546.7755
www.aauctioneers.com
Craig Bickhardt opening

12/19 - Triumph Brewing Co.
400 Union Square Drive
New Hope, PA 18938
215.862.8300
9:00PM

1/2 The Basement, Nashville TN 8.30pm

Anne McCue is first and foremost a guitarist and has wide influences (see below) which all come into play on this album which was recorded in Melbourne, Australia and Los Angeles.

Musicians on the album include Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell), Greg Leisz (k.d. lang), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Helen Mountford (My Friend the Chocolate Cake), Lowen & Navarro.

McCue plays all the guitars on this record, a must have album in your collection.

Anne says:
"I started recording the album on a shoestring budget in Melbourne. Tim Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) had a studio in his house and we went in there and started recording. We recorded the cello in the living room. If you listen very closely you can hear the trams passing in the street. It was a great atmosphere there. Then I went to Vietnam for almost a year and when I returned I began the long process of completing the album. I ended up in Los Angeles where the final touches were done. I had a very clear idea about how all the songs should sound except 'Angel Inside' and that's where Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell) became involved. All in all, a wonderful experience."

Influences: Neil Young, Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams, Tony Joe White, Robert Fripp (with Bowie & Eno), Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Harpo Marx, Mark McCue, Charlie Christian, Erik Satie, Radiohead, William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda and Bugs Bunny...


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A very lush and well written work of modern pop, as influenced by Joni Mitchell, Crowded House, and Shawn Colvin. Described by globalmuse.com as "Music for a new era of pop". Acoustic and electric pop crafted from the heart.

Sue

very solid
had heard a song off her live album, but picked this one since the other NA - glad I did. Very enjoyable to listen either the whole album or in a playlist. solid sound. Agree she is a bit like Lucinda Williams.

Bob Saldana, Producer -host , La To Nashville

Annes' music provides a dusting to the senses even Truman Capote would enjoy.
Amazing ordinary Things shows us what a great talent can do with time and space. Listening to this masterpiece you appreciate how she crafted each song beautifully to live within you not without you. She is not a secret anymore. Riding Away frees the stranger in all of us with its psychedelic overtones tapping into the same vein that Jimi Hendrix and George Martin used to. Her spirits imagery abounds in Desert in the Rain. If you listen carefully to her songs you not only hear the trains on the tracks but the lorries rolling by too! Whew! Her sense of humor is lyrical and lies somewhere between Bugs Bunny and the cosmic giggle two persons I admire the most! Rolling Stone Magazine and Jann Wenner would die Laughing if they knew. I would be a poorer man and the world a poorer place had she not written and produced Angel Inside. A song I turn on to everytime I hear it! Waiting for the Sun frames the mood and the artistry she must have endured to craft Amazing Ordinary Things.
Thanks Anne!

David Kleiner

"...a heady combination of sexuality, mysticism, enigmas and orchestrated music.
Anne McCue's new album opens with one of life's Amazing Ordinary Things, the sound of crickets. Their rhythmic chirping is joined by percussion, confident rhythm guitar, and finally a band, to create music that swells to a hook you can remember. "Angel Inside", produced by Joni Mitchell's ex and frequent collaborator Larry Klein (who plays a number of instruments including the dulcimer-like marxophone) starts with guitar, then voice. Drums enter to signal another radio friendly chorus. "Laughing", showcased in a video that finds McCue suspended in mid-air, builds from acoustic guitar to an insistent chorus with rhythmic harmony and electric slide. Yes, this record works overtime to highlight its hooks. Yet it succeeds in disarming us anyway with a pleasing mix of sensuality and spirituality in McCue's singing and the little mysteries in her words. Musically, there's always a new wrinkle. A coy vocal on the CD's earthiest lyric ("My Only
One") precedes the purity of "More Than This". A live recording of "Love We Made" finds Ms. McCue in a simpler setting with a smoky voice and guitar playing that supports Billy Di Cicco's trumpet. In "Desert in the Rain," Jerry Goodman unleashes a swinging violin solo, as he does on the opening cut. McCue contributes driving electric lead and a powerful solo; she's responsible for most of the guitar work throughout. The yearning vocal of "Always" sends us another beautiful riddle which asks, "Can you see that the meaning of life has no reason?" In the album's final, rocking tune McCue waits, either for a man or a messiah."Amazing Ordinary Things" is a heady combination of sexuality, mysticism, little enigmas, and carefully orchestrated music.

Jonathan Leonard

A lesson in strong songwriting...
Earnest female singer-songwriters have been two-a-penny since Alanis Morissette achieved international fame, with each one that comes along not appearing to offer much more than the last. However, Australian talent Anne McCue deserves far more than such a dismissive response. McCue has a voice which bears more than a passing resemblance to The Sundays' Harriet Wheeler albeit with added huskiness. Refreshingly her guitar playing is also up to scratch. Veering close to middle of the road territory she may be, but McCue's ideas are bountiful; equally at home with stripped-down, heartfelt material such as the self-produced 'Love We Made' as she is at latter-day Sundays-like pop of 'Laughing', 'Arcane', 'Angel Inside' and 'Waiting For The Son'. Even more impressive is the tougher-sounding riff on 'Desert In The Rain' and the bitterness convincingly portrayed in standout track 'These Things'. Lyrically McCue traipses through the usual love found and love lost fare but she sings with an edge that is endearing rather than irritating. 'Amazing Ordinary Things' is a lesson in strong songwriting rather than self-absorbed ranting; a trap that so many have fallen for in recent times.

* Standout Track - These Things

J. David

Original music & Anne delivers it with a beautiful, clear voice.
I was introuducted to Anne McCue's music by accident and I feel very fortunate for this occurance. I really like the music on this CD. The music is all original and Anne delivers it with a wonderful, clear voice.

Teresa Gabriel

Beautiful
Listening to this artist takes me to places to which only artists like Jeff Buckley has taken me. Beautiful. Beautiful.
Beyond words.

Charlie

An Amazing Guitar Player
For months, I've been wanting to see Anne McCue play live and wondering if the live show could possibly live up to her cd, "Amazing Ordinary Things". The answer is YES! Her set at the Mint was stellar and surpassed my expectations. She started the night off with a new song called, "Ballad of an Outlaw Woman". She described it as the story of a dying woman's life as she tells it to her child. It had a heavy delta blues vibe accentuated by her great slide solo. After following that with the poppy and flowing "Lay Me Down", Anne dedicated "My Only One" to the late Peggy Lee. The pairing of Anne's guitar and Billy DiCicco's trumpet made an awesome ending to this song. But the highlight of the evening for me was "These Things". Billy's trumpet, guitarist Jeff Manol's second vocal, and Dan Marfisi's building drums complimented Anne's emotional vocals very well. Anne is an amazing guitar player and she delivered a firey solo for a hard-driving rendition of "Desert In The Rain". For the closer "Riding Away", her guitar sounded almost like a sitar in contrast to Jesse Stern's pounding bass. The band was wonderful, Anne was great, and the show was terrific. Enough said!  

Lucinda Williams/Artist\'s Choice CD

One of my new favorite artists
Anne McCue is one of my new favorite artists! Someone gave me this record. I get a ton of records, and I try to listen to everything at least once, you know - just to see what it is, but usually, that's it. I put this record on, and then I played it again and it got me. You're going to hear about her - she's a great guitarist. This song (These Things) is another one that makes me pull over to the side of the road.

Mike Moore, Music Connection

"A dramatic opening...."
McCue has a Tele, a Les Paul and a 12-string Rickenbacker and she knows how to use them.
Her no-nonsense soloing style never strays far from the blues...with subtle soulfulness. She could land a perfectly constructed three minute pop song on the WB television show Dawson's Creek, as easily as she casually jams on a drone-like number with simulated sitar riffs.
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