I hadn’t heard of up-and-coming alternative folk outfit Annabelle’s Curse until their phenomenal new album “Worn Out Skin” came across my desk a month or so ago. I haven’t been able to get enough of the quintet ever since, spinning the new album non-stop and doing my best to track down copies of the earlier recordings. This is a flat-out awesome band.
Initially a three-piece comprised of Zack Edwards, Tim Kilbourne and John Warren Watson, Annabelle’s Curse’s lineup has expanded since forming in 2010. Travis Goyette and Carly Booher came aboard in 2012 and Tyler Luttrell replaced Watson last year. The additions — especially the honey-voiced Booher — have helped flesh out Annabelle’s Curse sound.
Listeners are lured right in with the opening salvo of “Love Drunk Deperados” and “Rich Valley,” and Annabelle’s Curse also score with “Brother in Arms,” “Snake in the Rafters,’ “Beneath the Clouded Moon,” “All This Time” and “Cornerstone.” I can’t wait to hear more from this gifted bunch. (Jeffrey Sisk)