Best album of 2011 so far,
This review is from: Past Life Martyred Saints (Audio CD)
What a début. Listening to this it's hard to believe that (1) it's a first full length (as a solo artist), (2) that Erika M Anderson is so young.
As other reviewers here have said, there's a very 90's feel to the music, but it doesn't sound dated. The more recent drone influences really bring the sound up to date. Comparisons to Kim Gordon, or Courtney Love are not out of place.
When it comes to the lyrics, this is a deeply dark album, dealing with a whole list of personal issues. From a lyrical perspective this record really reminds me of records such as Perfume Genius's Learning from last year, or Kristin Hersh's Hips & Makers. It's true heart on sleeve stuff.
Not a relaxing listen by any means, you can feel some of the scarring after listening, but is so worth repeated listens.
For me this is the best release of 2011 so far.