I Never Was Cool
Anna Wolfe may never have been cool, but her latest disc sure is. Recorded last year at Thunderbird Studio inTijeras, New Mexico, Wolfe's songs range from the campy noodlings of 'The Things That Piss Me Off' (she doesn't like bigots or people who tell her who to screw) to the folky strumming of 'The Waltz' to some very cool Patty Smith like vocal calisthenics in the title song. Wolfe's voice ranges from whispery folky to a compelling, almost bluesy holler Micheal Koster --- Thirsty Ear, SantaFe August 2000 --------- Wolfe's latest recorded projact, I Never Was Cool, is as much a demonstration of her versatile songwriting- wich lends itself well to straightforward, melody driven improvisation- as it is a showcase of her soulful alto voice. Heavy on electric organ and light on the feminine fluff, Wolfe's music is a breath of fresh air in a genre that's too often perfumed with girly, eager-to-please sopranos. Sarah Meadows --- Santa Fe Reporter 2-14-01 ----------- Singers can sing all day long but what is the point if their voices have no sense of illustration, no personality, no realness? Like Annie Lennox, Chrissie Hynde and even Jewel, all of whom know the value in singing with feeling, local singer/songwriter Anna Wolfe follows tradition with the same boldness of voice. Wolfe's anger, love, passion and desperation are so clearly expressed in her tone that you don't even really need to know what she's saying. So, where did Wolfe learn this valuable sense of sound? It may have started at age three at her first public performance at day care. Or maybe it was in fifth grade when she picked up her first guitar and started writing songs. Whenever it was, Wolfe has taken her muse off the playground and into bars and recording studios. Wolfe's second CD, I Never Was Cool (1999), is a collection of genre-mixing songs that offer everything from early '20s-flapper-jazz on 'Titanic James' to jam band on 'God is my Drug.' Rachel Heisler ---The Alibi, Albuquerque October 2002 ---------.