Review: Annie Keating – Hard Frost

Annie Keating

Annie Keating 

Hard Frost 

8th Street Studios 



Keating returns with her ninth full length album, ‘Hard Frost’. Some of these songs we have heard a glimpse of before on the exclusive EP, ‘Twenty 22’, available on her tour last year. Keating’s gritty, gravelly vocals deliver a superb collection of songs starting with ‘Lies and Dynamite’, Lynne Hanson adds harmonies to this moody number about heartbreak. The lyrics are detailed and paint a picture in the listeners mind. A highlight on this record is ‘Looking For Trouble’, which slows the tempo down a little bit. You can hear the influence John Prine has on her music in this song. Belly Of The Beast, is unusual in the way it is partly spoken, but you can hear the vulnerability the lyrics discuss reflected in the way she delivers her vocals. To summarise, it’s a really great record from Keating, the production is strong and the songwriting is some of her best. 

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