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Anna Coddington - Album Review: Luck/Time

09 Oct 2016 // A review by Ria Loveder

I had the pleasure of interviewing Anna Coddington this time last year. One of the questions I asked her was what was her next music adventure after her tour with Lips, to which she replied ‘ALBUM. Aaaaaaaallllllbuuuum’. and an album she has brought us.

This is the third album from the acclaimed NZ singer-songwriter and is the culmination of nearly four years of hard work. This album has the sounds of pop with hints of indie and disco making it an album for many genre lovers.

This album features previously released singles such as Bird In Hand and Make You Mine, both of which featured on the shortlist for the APRA Silver Scroll awards.

Bird In Hand happens to be one of my favourite tracks on this album. A beautifully emotional song that proves that to write good music sometimes less is more. This song showcases Anna’s attractive voice. Sung over electric guitar, drums and violin it is haunting song of heartbreak.

Runner is a fantastic mix of pop and disco; a timeless tune merging genres together to create a track appealing to a range of different music loves.

Too Far Gone is a sassy song. The intro of the song definitely gave me the vibe of Mark Ronson’s Valerie feat. Amy Winehouse. With upbeat guitar rifts and an infectious beat, this tune will definitely get ya grovin.

This album showcases an impressive collection of tracks, and I would recommend this to any music enthusiast who wants to listen to an artist that can cross genres, making it seamless and an absolute pleasure to listen to.

 

About Anna Coddington

Anna Coddington began her musical life in Raglan at age 11 as her father Peter's protigee on an enormous chromed out drum kit. At 15 she formed Hamilton's most loved/most hated band Handsome Geoffery with two of her best friends. They were both drummers too so Anna made her little brother teach her Stairway To Heaven and some Nirvana songs on the guitar, Janna learned bass, and Aidee got to stay on the drums (lucky). They quickly realised they were quite shit as a covers band so Anna wrote some of her own songs that they could stuff up as much as they wanted. Handsome Geoffery were great. They won the Rockquest in 1998 and got a Jimi Hendrix stratocaster which they sold through the Rockshop- a move Anna sometimes regrets.

Handsome Geoffery would later dissipate and be reincarnated as Duchess. Jonny Corker took Aidee's place on the drums but she didn't mind because she got to play keyboards, which was pretty amazing. They released a self titled EP in 2005 through Rhythmethod and got 2 video clips out of it for You Buried Me Alive and the new one Raglan City, which you may see on telly from time to time. Duchess are also great but have sort of been on a long term hiatus.

Anna spent most of 2005/2006 on tour with Anika Moa and Bic Runga as a backing singer. She enjoyed this very much but upon her return from a UK tour with Bic Runga found herself twiddling her thumbs in Mt Albert (long story) and feeling a little despondent. This was a sign that the time had come to make some more music. So that's what she's doing. Armed with a brain full of songs she wrote on tour and since and a selection of guitars, she has been recording some demos at home and playing some cracker live shows. She has also been playing drums in Tim Guy and the Tutaes, which features Anika Moa on bass and Madeleine Sami on backing vocals and percussion. They are pretty amazing.

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Releases

Mana-Wa-Hine
Year: 2021
Type: EP
Beams
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Luck/Time
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Cat & Bird
Year: 2011
Type: Album
The Lake
Year: 2008
Type: Album

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