If Only There Was a River

Album Review of If Only There Was a River by Anna St. Louis.

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If Only There Was a River

Anna St. Louis

If Only There Was a River by Anna St. Louis

Release Date: Oct 12, 2018
Record label: Woodsist
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

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If Only There Was a River - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Stirring together an amalgam of familiar feelings and inspirational reference points, California-by-way-of-the-Midwest songwriter Anna St. Louis lands in an open field of melancholic beauty on her debut album, If Only There Was a River. The album follows a roughly drawn demo cassette from 2015 and a promising but brief 2017 release entitled First Songs, and expands greatly on the ideas that were in their germination stages on those releases.

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Pitchfork - 75
Based on rating 7.5/10

Before her debut album, Anna St. Louis flipped through the phases of folk-rock with methodical determination, trying to plot a path through the wilderness. She arrived, half a decade ago, in Los Angeles as a Midwest émigré and Philadelphia art-school graduate in search of a new setting and, turns out, a new medium. After learning the guitar, she issued two aptly titled collections--2015's DEMOS and last year's First Songs.

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