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Miss Halfway by Anya Marina
Released: Jan 2004
Label: Good Rope Records
Anya Marina's debut album is an immediately effective combination of the pinpoint lyrical insight for which Liz Phair was once known with a straighter pop sensibility and a propensity to make sideways jokes. Released in 2005, with the title cut appearing on Grey's Anatomy, Miss Halfway is about as impressive a debut as a singer-songwriter could hope for. Opener "Clean & Sober" alone is enough to pique any jaded pop fan's interest, but "Sociopath," "Space Monkey" and "Lovesick" all point to a fresh and very interesting talent.
Mike McGuirk