Published Mar 10, 2020Apples in the Fall, the latest EP from Asheville, NC's country/folk singer-songwriter Anna Lynch, is a brilliant, earthy and organic offering that benefits from a "live off the floor" production feel. Lynch, a Zooey Deschanel-esque crooner, has a voice that draws you in with a gentle warmth and non-threatening depth, but it's her raw honesty, when it comes to her turns of phrase, that serves as the true workhorse behind the EP.
"Apples in the Fall," for instance, is a nihilistic ode to rural decay, while "Hotter Than Hades" approaches a past relationship with a stunningly forthright depth that many will relate to. In "Do You Miss Me Yet," her backing band lay down a smooth waltz time feel while Lynch stretches her vocal range with technique and tone reminiscent of old-school country heroes like Patsy Cline. The final track, "Beer in Jars," unleashes a more traditional bluegrass vibe.
Overall, Lynch continues to refine her chops as an arranger, guitarist, songwriter and crooner on this latest effort. It's been almost seven years since we've heard from Lynch and it's been worth the wait. (SJ21)