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Brooke Annibale wraps her passion in a coolly thoughtful demeanor on her fourth release, Silence Worth Breaking. The 23-year-old Pittsburgh native combines folk, pop, and jazz influences into a pleasing whole, letting bittersweet melodies carry confessional lyrics of surprising emotional complexity. Annibale’s sultry vocals are at once seductive and vulnerable, carrying hints of Joni Mitchell’s feathery trill and Natalie Merchant’s dusky lows. Her take on love simmers with desire even when it’s tempered by the hard facts of life. “Under Streetlights” is filled with a moody sort of longing, while “Bullseye” is worldly wise and romantically savvy. Annibale digs even deeper on “Fright” and “Tryin,’” a pair of understated ballads that carry a softly erotic charge. “The Way It Was” (a rueful look at homecoming) and “Don’t Let Them Tell You” (an idealistic anthem of quiet resolve) are sensitive without being self-indulgent. Though its textured blend of acoustic and electric sounds is distinctly modern, Silence Worth Breaking harkens back to the classic singer/songwriter albums of the ‘70s with its finely wrought craft and openhearted integrity.

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2011's best indie release

I have listened to and reviewed scores of albums for various publications throughout 2011, and Brooke Annibale's Silence Worth Breaking is the year's most impressive album. Annibale combines uncommon lyrical wisdom for someone so young (not yet 25), vocals that call to mind everyone from Norah Jones, Natalie Merchant and even the smokiness of John Mayer, and musical arrangements that expertly plumb the genres of folk, pop, rock, blues, and Americana, with smatterings of ambient noise tossed in for good measure. "Under Streetlights" is as undeniable as anything you've heard on college radio this year and it is one of the best tracks on an album that is chock full of highlights. "Bullseye" is a groovy head-turning number that is as thought-provoking as it is dance-inducing. "Yours and Mine" is a stirring, upbeat relationship song that weaves metaphors and beautiful imagery together in a natural, stunning way. Annibale doesn't have to belt out the words to make an impression either; check out "Tryin,'" where her vocals are little more than a whisper and yet the lyrics resound like a foghorn in your ears. This is an album of amazing quality and resonance that is the best release in 2011. Fans of acoustic folk pop will fall in love with this record in a heartbeat.


Wow! You've done it again with another amazing album. Thank you for sharing your musical art with me and the world. :)

Love her voice!

Heard her at a pittsburgh art festival and bought all her CDs. This one's my favorite but they are all awesome!

Silence Worth Breaking, Brooke Annibale
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