Confessions of a Romance Novelist

The Anchoress - Confessions of a Romance Novelist
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2016 Ratings: #388 / 878
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Based on 23 ratings
January 15, 2016 / Release Date
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The Line of Best Fit

Pop, rock, some spoken word and a splash of funk for "Chip On Your Shoulder" give a sense of the musical flavours which marry with the insightful, intelligent songwriting on this hugely entertaining album.

God Is in the TV
This long player doesn’t disappoint at all, in fact, I would go as far as to say the record is without one fault anywhere. The Anchoress can only get better and better.

Very much ploughing its own furrow, Confessions Of A Romance Novelist showcases The Anchoress as an artist of bold intent and kaleidoscopic ability.


Largely The Anchoress’ arrival on the scene is a textured and lovingly crafted treat, bursts of melody, backing vocals and tweaked samples making for a lush soundscape.

The polymath behind the Anchoress creates a series of personas on this engaging, meticulously crafted album, using her versatile, smoky voice to plumb the depths of heartache and touch triumphant registers.
The Guardian

There is nothing here that is particularly freakish – instead the triteness of Davies’s lyrics, combined with the high drama of her delivery, smacks of inflated self-importance. Pleasant pop that thinks it’s profound.

I like this album. It's kind of equal parts Kate Bush and Tori Amos. My main problem is that I put it on and kind of background it. It's great to listen to when I'm doing something. But I have a moderately hard time sitting down to just listen to it.
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Year End Lists

#19/Louder Than War
#37/God Is In The TV

Track List

  1. Long Year
  2. What Goes Around
  3. Doesn't Kill You
  4. You and Only You (feat. Paul Draper)
  5. One For Sorrow
  6. P.S. Fuck You
  7. Popular
  8. Bury Me
  9. Intermission (Notes to the Editor)
  10. Waiting to Breathe
  11. Chip on Your Shoulder
  12. Confessions of a Romance Novelist
  13. Rivers of Ice (feat. Catherine a.D.)
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Added on: December 9, 2015