Annabelle Chvostek 'Live From Folk Alley' MOGV

The album open with a song Devil's Paintbrush Road which immediately demands attention with her venturous vocal and rhythmic violin playing. As the title suggest this is a life album so it features Chvostek her songs and her playing in this direct setting. She is also adept on guitar and mandolin as well as the aforementioned violin and she attacks each with energy. The songs are her own other than a couple of covers including taking the sentiments of Pete Tosh's reggae song Equal Rights and making it as potent in this format as it was in its original setting. Madonna Loves Me is introduced by her noting how pop culture and religion intertwine and then plays on the two most notable holders of that name. The second cover is of Lou Reed's Some Kinda Love and again she make it work for herself in this stark setting. Half way through she asks for requests and complies with The Sioux, another songs she switches to violin, an instrument which suits the songs sense of desolation. Hartland Quay was written in England, an inspiring place for her and features her on mandolin. Wait For It is a uptempo mandolin excursion with a kind of Gasoline Alley riff. She closes the album with an audience singalong of I Left My Brain,"I didn't need it anymore". This is the kind of album you'll either want as a souvenir of a live performance or if you're familiar with the artist as a former member of the Wailin' Jennys or if you like a strong singer/songwriter delivering her work stripped down and raw but righteous.