A Common Turn

Anna B Savage - A Common Turn
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #29 / 227
User Score
Based on 193 ratings
2021 Ratings: #62
Liked by 18 people
January 29, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
City Slang / Label
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A Common Turn is a questing and provocative record that’s both remarkably dynamic and audaciously exposing.

God Is in the TV

A Common Turn delivers everything promised by the singles and that EP six years ago. It was worth the wait.

Spectrum Culture
Brutal self-reflection that variously navigates female sexuality, self-doubt and the healing properties of nature.
Beats Per Minute

A Common Turn is at its best when Savage is purely focused on herself, plumbing the depths of her psyche and existential angst.


A swooping mix of art rock and intelligent dance music.

Loud and Quiet

Thoroughly modern in its make-up, A Common Turn is simultaneously reflective and rambunctious. Anna B Savage has made an outstanding first impression.


This is a gem of an album. Personal, honest and highly emotive, it tackles big questions; but most of all, it dares to be vulnerable.


Though the record is littered with anxiety, Savage has never sounded more self-assured — it's a complex, contradictory mix, but it makes for something deeply human.

The Irish Times
A dramatic debut album that shows the singer’s vulnerability and focus.
Record Collector
Savage’s lyrical acuity, mood control and sly wit tease confident, cathartic returns from stark, spectral arrangements.

For her debutalbum, Anna B Savage clears a groundbreaking path where stirring, lower-register singing meets bold, simple lyrics that are heartrending, funny or both.

The Line of Best Fit

A Common Turn serves as an excellent commentary on modern life, with some intensely personal struggles that others might be wary of sharing, lined up and forensically examined.


Singer-songwriter Anna B Savage sings (jokes) about all her insecurities in her kind-of-baritone voice. Not only will you be enterained by the amusing poetic prose as you're struck by her commanding voice, but the record also uniquely incorporates dance beats at times you would think wouldn't work but actually really do.

Favourite tracks: Bedstuy, Two,
Country: UK

Genre: Art Pop

For fans of: Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Låpsley

This is an absolute gem of a record. Inconspicuous, subtle and vulnerable, the lyricism here is staggeringly good. With topics relating to toxic relationships, vivid sexual encounters and self-discovery, Anna B Savage's unique vocal delivery is something you have to hear for yourself. She sounds so wise but also so delicate and it is actually staggering at times.

The paired back instrumentals are ... read more

The serene guitar flows through the album as Anna B Savage delivers deep, old-school vocal performance, with some additional instruments from time to time. The second part of the record brings a few more energetic moments, adding heavy guitars, rhythmic percussion, and even some electronic sounds, but all within the same simplistic, reserved tone. Many similarities to Son Lux, but I don't think they've ever made as good and consistent album as this one.
So beautiful and intimate I can’t get enough. You go through every emotion that Savage puts out. Really nice record
I often question myself how long I’ll go on seeking out new artist. At some point I might just grow tired of it, but then comes along an artist like Anna B Savage and it makes it all that gratifying to have stuck with it. On her debut album A Common Turn, Anna brings in the perfect amounts of mysticism, starkness, beauty and grander into this folk songs that it makes unlike anything else you are bound to hear this year. These songs present such distinct personality from each other, in ... read more
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Added on: November 15, 2020