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on 11 July 2007
Ana Popovic is not too well known yet in the UK although she did a short Tour last year and also guested on the Paul Jones blues radio show. Hopefully that will change with this CD - she certainly deserves to reach a wider audience.

If you do manage to find Ana in your local music store she will be filed under blues, which on this outing is more than a little misleading. Certainly there is some excellent blues here, as on 'How'd you learn to shake it' and 'You don't move me'. There is also, as expected from such a classy guitarist, some great fret-bending on the CD. New though is an excursion into Reggae with `Hold On' and `Between our Worlds'. New also is her vocal confidence - delivering spine-tingling performances on 'Doubt everyone but me' and the brilliant 'Calenders'

Popovic might play less blues on this CD than before but there is a strong blues feeling in the lyrics of her self-penned songs - inspired by an upbringing in war torn Serbia. The lyrics of `Hold On' and `Shadow After Dark' are particularly revealing.

Conclusion: I first saw Ana Popovic live two years ago and thought she was a great guitarist with a potentially good voice who would be creating some classic blues-mould-breaking music in maybe five years time. I was wrong - she's done it already with this CD. Ana is rapidly developing a style all her own and whilst this release will be a hard act for her to follow it may well be just the beginning.
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I bought her previous CDs "Hush!" and "Comfort to the Soul" because of her amazing and unique Jazz and Blues guitar work. This one is heading more towards commercial Rock, and the balance in the sound shows it; for example the bass is less fluid and more pushy. So for my taste the CD as a whole only gets four stars.

However, several of the tracks, including 'Doubt Everyone But Me' and 'How'd You Learn to Shake It Like That', still show the superb feel and enjoyment of her earlier work, and it is worth buying for these. There are no bad tracks, just a few I'm not so keen on.

Her singing has improved a lot over the earlier CDs, and now has a good range of colour and emotion. I would have liked some more prominence for the beautiful guitar work, but often when it really gets going the track is faded out; I think this is a fault on the part of the producer.

I guess this CD is aimed at a wider audience, and being so professional it could do well.
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on 2 October 2007
With only a short tour in 2006, Ana Popovic is still somewhat unknown in the UK. This CD should change all that though. She's been labelled as the future of blues and a female Hendrix, but Ana shows on this CD that she is quickly developing her own style.

There is still great blues on here, and great guitar playing too. What we also get is an eclectic mix of styles ('Eclectogroove' is a suitable record label name for sure!) along with songs describing Ana's life under the Serbian regime and her feelings about being 'not from the EU' as she puts it. She has something to say but never loses the musical groove whilst saying it.

To cut a long story short, there are great guitar licks, great lyrics and great vocal performances on 'SMH' and if you don't know who Ana is this is the place to start finding out. You won't regret it.
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on 22 April 2010
I hever heard of Ana Popovic until a few weeks ago, when a friend of mine told me I should listen to her. I went to the web to hear some clips and decided to buy her latest record. And what a surprise... the record is very well produced, her voice is great and the songs are very catchy. It's not a pure blues record, instead she mixes jazz, blues and world music influences and the final result is a very strong record, great to listen over and over. I sure recommend it. The fact that she is beautiful also helps, made me love the record even before listening to it, just seeing the cover :)
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on 2 November 2014
Great modern blues, no issues. Thank you.
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