After my first play through Rin Tin Tiger’s Toxic Pocketbook, the album looped to the beginning. Instead of consciously realizing it, getting annoyed at my playback settings, and turning it off, I continued to listen with the nostalgic feeling the song had once been a favorite of mine. Chalk it up to premature senility, but I think it’s the alt folk trio’s ability to write compelling, lyric-centric music that manages to stay contemporary, while still paying homage to the folk rock deities.
"Hillburg's songs are modern and fresh while also being eerily reminiscent of some of the best singer-songwriters of the classic era. She easily calls to mind the classic pop sensibilities of Harry Nillson, the romantic drama of Fleetwood Mac, the confessional lyricism of Joni Mitchell, and the effortless hooks of Paul McCartney--all without sacrificing her own strong and individual voice.
The 13 song album ranges from bittersweet ballads ("Raise the Saddle", "For Good"), to dance-pop ( "Wine in a Tea Cup"), to caustic folk ("Instead") and beyond. This is a brave and straightforward collection of songs. Warm, rich, and comforting, Anna Hillburg's first solo album is poised for big things. Release Date: March 25, 2013.Pressing Details: 500 pressed; black vinyl."