I received this email submission back in June 2017; so right off the bat, a slap on the hand to me for not getting to the review until now, nearly a year later.
Anela & The Early Hours is an indie pop group out of London, Ontario. Yesteryear is their debut album; here are some of my thoughts about it.
Right off the top, I have to be honest and say that this album did not “wow” me. I feel that it is a solid, well-produced album, but it doesn’t stand out as something special to me. That said, I would still recommend giving this album a listen.
Like I said, it sounds well-produced. It’s “radio ready”, in the sense that it sounds good over my speakers and headphones – the sound isn’t too flat or anything like that. Guitar work in the 7 tracks is delicate but has a presence, and the drums have a certain “pop” to it. I like lead singer Anela Navarro’s voice, though it doesn’t fluctuate through very much range (however it sounds like she potentially has a wide vocal range in her if she chose to use it).
Singles from the album include “Space” and “All Alone”, for which there are some YouTube videos you can watch: here and here. The stand-out track for me though was “Stuck With You” – I liked that one the best.
Overall, “Yesteryear” is a good album and I recommend it. 3/5. You can purchase it from iTunes, or stream it on Spotify/Soundcloud/Bandcamp (link above).