Hush!

Hush!

by Ana Popovic
     
 

While the U.S., Britain, and to a lesser extent Canada don't have a stranglehold on the blues, these countries account for the majority of music being produced in that genre. Therefore, when someone from a different nationality releases a strong album in the States, it usually makes news, at least in the rarefied blues universe. Born and raised in Yugoslavia, Ana… See more details below

Overview

While the U.S., Britain, and to a lesser extent Canada don't have a stranglehold on the blues, these countries account for the majority of music being produced in that genre. Therefore, when someone from a different nationality releases a strong album in the States, it usually makes news, at least in the rarefied blues universe. Born and raised in Yugoslavia, Ana Popovic would seem to have been brought up in an unusual area to soak in the deep soul, robust swamp rock, and husky R&B she reveals on her first album. But music is a universal language, and Popovic, along with noted blues-rock producer Jim Gaines, has delivered a rugged, confident, and eclectic debut that showcases the artist's many strengths (especially on slide guitar) in songs that shift from jazz ("I Won't Let You Down," "Minute 'Til Dawn") to deep funk (an innovative cover of Tom Waits' "Downtown") and soulful pop ("How Lonely Can a Woman Get?"). With a husky, sensuous voice similar to the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, she digs into these tunes with authority, even if English isn't her first language. A duet (guitar and vocal) with Bernard Allison on Johnny Copeland's "Bring Your Fine Self Home" is both sexy and gritty, as the two trade verses and riffs with obvious excitement and mutual respect. A raging version of Buddy Guy's "A Man of Many Words" (here titled "Girl of Many Words") rescues that song from obscurity as Popovic whips out a slimy version with rollicking horns that updates the tune while making it her own. Her originals don't push the limits of the genre, yet they are compressed slices of blues-rock that are excellent showcases for Popovic's tough vocals, wiry, Hendrix-styled leads, and robust stance. The self-penned "Hometown," a greasy, slinky trip down to New Orleans with hypnotic tribal drums, is but one of the album's gripping centerpieces. Recorded in Memphis and sounding like it, Popovic has captured the city's evocative, unvarnished R&B charm on this polished but far-from-slick album. A welcome shot of sex and showmanship in the blues world, Ana Popovic's American debut is a tour de force for this newcomer brimming with sass, brains, and talent.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2002
Label:
Ruf
UPC:
0710347106326
catalogNumber:
1063
Rank:
12626

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ana Popovic   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Bernard Allison   Track Performer
Jack Holder   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jacqueline Johnson   Background Vocals
Susan Marshall   Background Vocals
Steve Mergen   Drums
Sam Shoup   Upright Bass
Jim Spake   Saxophone
Scott Thompson   Trumpet
Ernest Williamson   Organ,Piano
Dave Smith   Bass Guitar
William Lee Ellis   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Potts   Drums

Technical Credits

Jim Gaines   Producer
Brad Blackwood   Mastering
Dawn Hopkins   Engineer
H. E. Owens   Composer
Bill Gaines   Producer

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