Having first picked up on psych folkster Annabel Alpers courtesy of her alter ego Bachelorette’s other worldly, electro folk masterpiece Blanket, I was expecting great things of her new, self titled, album. I was expecting an album full of Blanket like songs with Annabel weaving magical, mysterious spells, merging the two diverse genres like an electro folk alchemist. I was hoping I’d be enthralled by her sleight of hand as she dazzles me with her virtuosity.

The first two tracks on the album soon burst my bubble. ‘Grow Old With Me’ is an insubstantial track that is less than the sum of its mystical whispering and echoey parts. On track number two ‘The Light Seekers’ the electro takes a back seat while finger in the ear, run of the mill folk takes centre stage. So far so disappointingly hum drum.

The album only really hits its stride three tracks in with the amazing Blanket, a nigh on perfect fusion of electronica and psych folk. It sounds like long lost Mute electro popsters The Silicon Teens crawling out of Syd Barrett's skin. With Polarity Party, another perfect little gem, and the lovely Sugarbug following closely on Blanket’s heels the album is finally beginning to resemble the classic I was hoping it would be. By the time we reach The Last Boat’s Leaving, which sounds like Annabel has had a Velvet Underground infusion; the initial disappointment is beginning to fade.

Unfortunately it’s all down hill from there. Tui Tui skirts a little too close to Enya for comfort, the lyrics of Waveforms skirt far too close to embarrassing sixth form poetry for comfort and the treated vocals on Generous Spectre make it sound like the theme tune to a b-movie from the 70s. Thankfully Annabel makes amends with Not Entertainment, the albums final track, which recalls OMD at their orchestral best. It’s a fine end to a mixed album.

If Bachelorette was a 5 track EP it would be closing in on a rating in the upper quartile but there is just too much filler, too many tracks that merely drift by.

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