Annabel Waiting comes at the end of an era for Bruce Lash. It is his last album recorded in Chicago, at Optimus. It was written and recorded during two and a half weeks during February, 2010. As usual, he played and sang all the parts himself. Decisions made quickly. No time to consider much before moving on. The result is a surprisingly focused, well-executed work that celebrates Lash's formative heroes. Early Beatles (Listen to This Time Around). Cream-era Clapton guitars (Post Fact and Home). Bowie atmospherics (I'm Always Falling Down). The Tremeloes. The Zombies. The Beach Boys. Even Tom Waits.
Jim Jarmusch once said this: "Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination... Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: 'It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.'"
Annabel Waiting is authentic thievery taken to a very good, personal place.