Anneka Thwaites: In The Pink
By Amanda Mills
Born and bred in Blenheim, Anneka Thwaites studied commercial music at Christchurch Jazz School which gave her the knowledge and desire to record her debut album. 'In the Pink' is the product of her training, and signals Thwaites as another pleasant-voiced introspective singer-songwriter with a love of soft, largely acoustic folk-styled music, with lyrics that focus on her life events. On first listen I found a similarity to Charlotte Yates, though the depth of experience found in Yates' work is not yet present here. While mostly keeping to a slow, delicate pulse, Forgiven ups the tempo and Get Away conveys lyrically the simple desire to escape. Album closer Sevana is a beautifully performed guitar instrumental. Thwaites has chosen her backing band wisely, guitarist Harry Harrison (Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga), bassist Richie Pickard (Solaa, Nick McLaney), and Goldenhorse drummer Nick Gaffaney perform her music with expertise and flair. This album has nice songs but for me there is nothing to distinguish it from a number of recent albums in a similar vein.