Reviews

“Jagged and gentle… Beck balances naked admissions with powerful, poetic imagery… [her] willingness to dwell in lonely depths without being overly maudlin is a strength in this genre. And when Beck manages to couch sharp, terrible edges in gentle timbres, as she does on Glass House’s best tracks, she’s a capable young stylist.”

— Corbie Hill, The Independent Weekly [1/29/2014]

“This Glass House is beautiful…”

–Jordan Lawrence, The Independent Weekly [1/22/2014]

“The tunes of Durham writer Anna Rose Beck still seem in development. She is interested in weeping country and whispering folk, but to date, those compulsions pair strangely within her songs. But her voice is fully formed, with a reserved incandescence that would make numbers much less remarkable worth hearing. The clearest comparison might be Nick Drake, a singer who, like Beck, could express and arrest with unspeakably slight singing.”

–Grayson Currin, The Independent Weekly [5/1/2013]

“…Anna Rose Beck[‘s] bright, resilient pipes lend fiery passion to her dreamy odes.”

The Independent Weekly [9/28/12]

“…for those who seek folk music for the appreciation of the art, Beck is unknowingly providing a rare opportunity to watch it move and see where it goes…”

Jeremy Blair  [7.26.12]

“With influences still gathering and self-image as a songwriter half drawn, Beck’s performances are intimate…vulnerable. Gently plucking an acoustic guitar and simmering through lines of heart broken joy, her eyes invite both reflections of the past and dreams of what may lie ahead. Imagining once again how playing it differently will feel, Beck invites us back to her beginnings…solo, with a guitar and a story.”

Jeremy Blair [7.26.12]

“With Anna Rose Beck, it’s all about the voice. Sure, the tender but lush arrangements of her reserved modern folk resound with bittersweet pedal steel and intricate fingerpicking, but they would be nothing without Beck’s truly special air. Seeming at once both bold and understated, she manages piercing reverberations without having to reach. The result is moving and hypnotic, brimming with passion but never overpowering.”

The Independent Weekly  [10.27.11]

There is mystery to observe in Anna Rose Beck’s lyrics. Born in the twilight years of the decadent eighties, her cheeks still glow with girlish youth under the lights of the stage, but her lyrics sing of experiences matured well beyond her years. Mysterious also in her confidence. So comfortable in her approach to a microphone and so underscoring with her hushy middle soprano intensity that you will seek explanation for how one so fair can reach so far.”

—Jeremy Blair [10.1.11]

“…in this battle of Americana voices, Anna Rose Beck takes the night. The Durham songstress combines hypnotic picking with a full, breezy croon.”

The Independent Weekly  [6.30.11]

The Weathermaker is a concise seven-song set that puts Beck’s talents out front. Her dreamy picking and resonant vocals are buoyed by conservative yet rewarding full-band arrangements. Cool washes of pedal steel, hushed prickles of piano and skittering drums fill the space, lending her songs both grace and immediacy. The band lifts her hypnotic melodies and imagery-rich lyricism in a way that suggests the work of a seasoned songwriter with a favorable record deal. But this is a self-release from a first-timer who gathered a recording budget by building a page on the popular fundraising website Kickstarter.”

The Independent Weekly on 6.1.11

“Filled with the possibility of what a few chords and some words can fix,Minor Chord Song is as much about a young songwriter taking stock of her own odes as it is about a girl getting over a boy. Emotions, and the way they are controlled by outside forces, is a theme that runs through this record. She probes the way images and mementos make her feel, hoping to induce similar feelings in her audience. For Beck, the best songs do unexpected things to people—singer included.”

The Independent Weekly  [6.1.11]

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