ALBUM REVIEW: The Anchoress – The Art of Losing | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 05.03.21







She’s been pretty busy these last few years, has Catherine Anne Davies. Moonlighting with Simple Minds, duetting with Manic Street Preachers, releasing an album of the year contender with Bernard Butler. We’re lucky, though, she’s found time to return to her day-job as The Anchoress, because bloody hell, the Art of Losing is stunning.

Navigating the depths of human suffering (and she’s had plenty), she has given us something raw, real, challenging, but utterly enriching. From the spiky opulence of Let it Hurt, to the stylish rock of Show Your Face to the stark, chilly interlude of All Shall be Well, this is such a full, rich piece of work that I can see myself frequently revisiting it for years to come.


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