AOTY 2020

Quit the Curse

Anna Burch - Quit the Curse
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #508 / 830
User Score
Based on 118 ratings
2018 Ratings: #332
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Northern Transmissions
Merging the world’s of indie-rock, folk and even some country into her mix for an important reflection on being honest and human, Burch sounds like Julia Jacklin with a bone to pick.

Previously known for participating in folk-rock group Frontier Ruckus and co-leading indie pop quartet Failed Flowers, Michigan-based songwriter Anna Burch steps out into the spotlight with her excellent full-length solo debut, Quit the Curse.

Loud and Quiet
Smart without giving the impression of trying too hard, Burch’s debut is full of subtle ear-worms and a lyrical intimacy that makes her the girl you want to hang out with at college.
Her solo debut is a well crafted collection of lovelorn songs executed with the jangling overtures of a compact Indie Rock outfit yet written with the snappy, instantaneous approach of a pop artist.
The record makes no indelible mark on your day -- I imagine this skirting the periphery of most year-end lists, the perennial shut-out waiting flustered at the gates (“I’m sorry, you’re not on the list”) -- but it’s detailed enough to add dimensions to the scene Burch sets.
The reflectiveness, and vulnerability, of Burch's friendly songwriting makes it easy to relate to her feelings of nascent love and to her fumbles.
Overall, it's an understated album and that's just plain comfortable to live in.
Under The Radar
Burch has grown immensely as an artist, each song instrumentally richer than the last. Burch's voice is as confident as ever, but more heartbroken than before. ­­­­
No Ripcord

Quit the Curse is consistently hooky and elegant, and though it slumps with a few lax, jangly rhythms, it’s nothing less than a pleasant stay to her sighing thoughts and apprehensions.


Distinguished by her sure-footed stride, Quit the Curse sounds like an album by an artist who at last knows where she’s going.

The Skinny

A record full of similar little curveballs, Quit the Curse is a mature, confident debut.


‘Quit the Curse’ is a cogently written record, characterised by its barbed lyrics and dreamy instrumental.

A little bit one note for me but it's not without its charm.
her voice is lovely and the songs are excellent. the songs vary, and veer from indie pop to freak folk, and back, sometimes within the same song. Frankie Cosmos comparisons are obvious, but fans of Julia Jacklin and Soccer Mommy will find plenty to like also. one listen doesn't do it justice, so give it a chance.
Fans of Frankie Cosmos will flip their wig for this lil' winter gem full of sunshine and joy.
For some the minimalistic and unverbose fashion Anna Burch writes her songs can seem rather basic. I feel that such criticisms misses the point, ignoring the emotions presented, the musical density of Burch’s influences coming to fruition, and the subtle wit that is very apparent on the record. It’s worth your time.
Anna Burch’s strong and well-written debut marks her as an exciting new name in the singer-songwriterly indie rock scene. Without listening to her lyrics, Burch might seem to live up to the title of the opener (“2 Cool 2 Care”) — her vocal style is notably flat and passive. Yet this affect works to her benefit. She has a way of teasing out melodies that could come off as simple in other hands, that instead make them feel unpredictable and engaging. Burch is also an ... read more
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Year End Lists

#38/ABC News
#67/Bandcamp Daily
#94/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. 2 Cool 2 Care
  2. Tea-Soaked Letter
  3. Asking 4 a Friend
  4. Quit the Curse
  5. Belle Isle
  6. In Your Dreams
  7. What I Want
  8. Yeah You Know
  9. With You Every Day
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Added on: December 6, 2017