Review by Lisa Palmeno
A world music sound permeates theatrical vocals and pop alternative savvy on Jane Anfinson's Precious Details. Anfinson's strong, haunting voice is a mixture of Kate Bush, Debbie Harry and the singer from Siouxie and The Banshees, while she drones on inward themes.
Overall, the 12-song CD is an interesting work, with deep, subtly complex bass work and well-developed percussion parts. Portions of the songs often sound like soundtrack music. Anfinson's approach to composition is unorthodox and very noncommercial on her journey through self exploration. There is rarely dead space. Often, one song moves straight into the next as if being performed live, nearly every possible gap filled with "precious details," the subject matter of the collection. She shares some of the things she sees as precious before the songs are even heard: The design on the front of the insert has plants on it; the back has a milkweed plant springing open; and she gave a portion of the dedication "to the birds."
Dominated by electric violin, Anfinson's work is modern art with a semi-traditional instrument. Her pensive lyrics and outstanding voice, supported by a top-notch rhythm section, make this CD a must-hear for Indie music fans and beat poets.