After a variety of work experiences—including teaching writing at the University of Florida, and years of being a therapist at a non-profit clinic—Eric Anders discovered his voice and ability as a songwriter. In November of 2003, Anders released his debut CD, Not at One, to critical acclaim.
Since his debut release, Anders has completed the production of two more CDs: a 2004 election-season EP of three political tunes, Songs For Wayward Days, and his second full-length CD, More Regrets. Both releases maintain what Performing Songwriter called the "trance-like ecstasy of David Gray and the deadly seriousness of Nick Drake" style so many loved with Anders' Not at One.
As with Not at One, you will find "studied, literate songwriting" on Songs For Wayward Days, but the subject of these soul-baring lyrics of love and loss have to do with Anders' love of his country, and the loss he feels when he considers the current administration.
More Regrets returns to the lyrical themes of love and loss we found in Not at One, but this release has a more ethereal sound, and more eclectic styles. Here we find Anders experimenting with different approaches to his sound. This experimentation is continuing now as Anders works on his fourth release.
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Eric Anders discovered his voice and songwriting talents late in life, but it only makes his highly literate lyrics that much deeper. The Los Angeles-based singer's second album is a masterpiece of dark, ambient textures, layered soundscapes and subtly hypnotic grooves, with his smooth tenor voice generally up front in the mix. It's a refreshing break from the sonic bombast and Electronic Beats 101 music of most of what currently passes for rock and pop. Anders taught writing at the University of Florida and then spent many years working as a therapist at a nonprofit clinic in the San Fernando Valley. He holds doctorates in both of those fields. But they have taken a backseat to music since Anders sold his house and set up house (and a home studio) in a new Los Angeles apartment. Soon he had his own record label and was writing songs and crafting his well-received debut record.
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He detoured long enough to release an EP of politically oriented songs last year, but on "More Regrets," he picks up where he left off, exploring personal themes of relationships. However, this time Anders expands on his debut by expanding his lyrics to explore themes of home and underscores them with more experimental music. The results are at once devastating and hopeful. With "More Regrets," Anders achieves what songwriter Ryan Adams has yet to do - an entire album that sounds good and has lyrics to match. Highlights include the insistently grooving title track, the hypnotic "Together Alone," the plaintive and desperately hopeful "Settlin' Comes" and the cynical, gently rocking "Song 79."
Mark Wilson - The Evansville Courier and Press
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