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Outta My Head

by Anna Laube

Described as “a name you’ll want to remember” (San Francisco Bay Guardian), and “an outstanding singer with a sultry, soulful sound,” (Americana UK), "Outta My Head" is a collection of 12 folk songs, inspired by love.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beautiful Boy
2:12 album only
2. Something I Can Feel
2:33 album only
3. Goodbye Blue Monday
4:47 album only
4. If You Build It
4:19 album only
5. The Most Beautiful Thing I've Ever Seen
6:18 album only
6. Catch Me If You Can
2:39 album only
7. Honeybee
3:04 album only
8. Outta My Head
3:28 album only
9. It Makes Me Happy
2:16 album only
10. Angelina
2:13 album only
11. Nowhere You Need To Go
5:05 album only
12. Wash Themselves Away
2:25 album only


Album Notes
Raised in Iowa City, IA, and Madison, WI, Anna has since lived in Minnesota, Belgium, Florida, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Described as “a name you’ll want to remember” (San Francisco Bay Guardian), and “an outstanding singer with a sultry, soulful sound in the Norah Jones mould,” (Americana UK), Anna's debut CD, "Outta My Head" (Ginkgo Records), a combination of living room and studio recordings, “never fails to seduce with a plethora of beautifully written, authentic tracks and talent that is unquestionable” (SF Station). This collection—twelve meditations on love—also features the work of Birger Olsen (Portland, OR), Nick Moran (Madison), Jason Quever (San Francisco), and Mark Whitcomb (Madison)

Editor's Review, C|NET
"Country, folk, and torchy pop gather like old friends in this San Francisco songstress's burnished tunes. Centered on softly insistent vocals (somewhere between Aimee's and Emmylou's), Laube's songs layer in plucky mandolin, quavering slide, and enough good faith to keep the campfire burning late."

Todd Lavoie, SF Bay Guardian:
"Sure, it's mighty fine to have that warm, tingly feeling rippling up and down your spine as you discover your newest favorite song by an artist to whom you would hand over the keys to your heart, but let's fess up: nothing comes close to being frozen in place by a song that pricks up your ears and leaves you begging, 'Who was that?!' I'm lucky enough to still feel my head swimming from such a moment. 'Something I Can Feel,' from the recent debut release by Anna Laube, Outta My Head (Ginkgo Records), lured me from the grayness of my computer and whisked me off to better, brighter places. Fans of Jolie Holland, Dolly Parton, and Sarah Harmer, take note: this local singer-songwriter has a name you'll want to remember."

Windy City Times
from Pop Making Sense
by David Byrne with Tony Peregrin
Intimacy pulls the listener back time and time again on Anna Laube's debut bow, Outta My Head. The deeply personal tracks, such as Goodbye Blue Monday, shut down the outside world. Laube sings of love on Beautiful Boy and Angelina ( Angelina/So glad you're mine ) . Outta My Head is one of those collections that you want to listen to on your own, but part of you wants to give a copy to all of your friends, especially to those who are Norah Jones fans. Laube blends jazz, folk, country and blues in the style of Lucinda Williams and Tara Angell. She will be taking to the stage on Feb. 28 at The Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division. Outta My Head is out now on Gingko Records.

Stuart A. Hamilton
I must admit to being a bit of a pop tart when it comes to a woman with a guitar. Somehow they always seem to get fast tracked through the review pile, leaving ugly dudes behind in their wake. But, more often than not, I'm setting myself up for a fall, as the ability to pose with a guitar is rarely a reflection of any great musical talent. However, once in a blue moon, the system pays dividends. And this is one of those times as the ludicrously talented Ms Laube has enriched my day. A child prodigy, Anna has worked her way through symphony orchestras and jazz bands before bringing it on back home to an intimate, smoky, jazz tinged, late night, soulful, blues. Naturally, anyone working in that idiom is going to be hit over the head with the Norah Jones stick, but across the twelve, self penned songs, Anna proves she is very much her own woman. No more so than on the album highlight, 'The Most Beautiful Thing I've Ever Seen', which is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. A few others run it close - 'It Makes Me Happy' and 'If You Build It' are a joy to listen to. But to be honest, if this were a vinyl record, you could pop the needle down anywhere and be rewarded with a righteous noise.



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Richard Lynch

The gem in my pile of demos.
I'm actually going to BUY this CD.
-- Talent Buyer

Matt Forsman

Is there any ground more well trodden by artists than the vastness that is love? In a time when it’s frighteningly common to be cynical, jaded, and bitter about love, Anna Laube manages to inject new life into the oft maligned emotion in Outta My Head. Laube offers no easy answers in the album, but never fails to seduce with a plethora of beautifully written, authentic tracks and talent that is unquestionable.

Laube’s gifts become apparent right away with the syrupy ballad dedicated to one "Beautiful Boy". This boy’s got it all -- the heart of a child, the voice of an angel, and a remarkable ability to bring smiles to his admirer. Chemical dependencies like this don’t come along very often. "Beautiful Boy" is lyrically infectious and well complimented by Laube’s blues and folk influences.

The leisurely musings on the trials and travails of love continue with "If You Build It". Love can be a bitch, but is there anything more painful than love of the unrequited kind? Unlike in Field of Dreams, no one’s dropping by for a visit in "If You Build It". This whiskey drenched, bluesy track lacks the optimism of "Beautiful Boy", but no one claimed love was all roses. Best enjoyed on an overcast day with a thorn in your heart, "If You Build It", reminds us of the less ecstatic side of love.

In a distinctly dissimilar tone is "Angelina", an ode to an enigmatic, charming young woman who just might be from a distant star. Far from bemoaning a woman who is just out of arm’s reach or otherwise indisposed, Laube celebrates Angelina whose charms are quite accessible. It’s always nice when love finally smiles on you. Laube’s upbeat lyrics are complimented by a lighthearted, whimsical melody that can’t help but elicit a grin.

The remainder of Anna Laube’s Outta My Head is comprised of tracks that examine the perplexing, myriad complexities of love. Anna’s country, folk, and blues influences compliment the subject matter perfectly alternating between somber and blue and ecstatic and light. Laube’s vocals are broad and resonant, enabling her to reflect on love with appropriate gravity and whimsy. Part Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and a good part uniquely Anna, Laube’s got the pipes for this kind of material.

If love isn’t your thing, Outta My Head probably won’t work for you. Likewise, if blues, country, or folk doesn’t resonate for you, Anna Laube’s debut will likely leave you cold. However, if love is something that’s ever troubled or excited you, this album has your bases covered…in spades. Likewise, if you can appreciate a beautiful voice complimented by a competent sound that is infused with quality folk and blues, you can’t do much better than Anna Laube’s Outta My Head.