Ana Popovic is one of the most promising young blues talents around today, she's got the necessary chops, charisma, enthusiasm and energy and is ready, willing and able to grab her chances. Her music is a winning mixture of traditional blues and elements of R&B and soul guaranteed to thrill any blues audience. Produced by Jim Gaines in Memphis and featuring special guest Bernard Allison.
Netherlands-based Ana sings the blues with aggression and style on Hush, a peculiarly rock style reminiscent of Chrissie Hynde. Indeed, much of this young singer/guitarist's debut solo album is like listening to The Pretenders if they'd grown up on a diet of Buddy Rich and Muddy Waters, not Johnny Thunders. It's an accomplished, rounded debut named after her first band, Hush, formed in her native Belgrade in October 1995 while she was still a teenager. Half is self-written tracks like the sultry "I Won't Let You Down" and lovesick "Mended", half are covers of classic such as Tom Waits" speculative "Downtown". The standout is the full-on-blues duet, "Bring Your Fine Self Home", Ana trading licks and proud vocals with mentor Bernard Allison. --Jerry Thackray