“Annie Dressner... impressed with her eloquent songs and pure vocal style. She made a favourable impression on the Cluny faithful.”
“Ruth hasn’t stopped rabbiting on about Annie Dressner this week! And it’s thoroughly understandable as Annie couldn’t be more perfectly current if she was delivered all neatly gift-wrapped to the gates of a huge advertising company, complete with a label saying “use me for your adverts and I’ll make you millions”
“With a debut album full of charming pop songs that recall British bands like Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastian as much as the American songwriters who first inspired her to write music, she could probably move to a small village in one of the less fashionable parts of Mongolia and still make a favourable impression. ”
“Her music is both whimsical and melancholic, with a fantastic voice that reminds me a little of Jessica Lea Mayfield - that great combination of beauty and sadness. ”
"...a name to watch for!"
"Multiple listens are rewarded."
"With a saccharine voice and an intricate musicality, her delicate sound ends up resonating like an alt-country hybrid of Jessica Lea Mayfield, She & Him, Gillian Welch and Maia Vidal.
"Another lovely lady... bringing with her a healthy slice of Americana twee. Fans of Jenny Lewis will certainly go in for the cute melodies of debut album Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names, but that’s not the only charm lurking under the wash of sound found within. All served up to you with a decent chunk of whipped cream and banoffee pie: too much and you’ll have a heart attack, too little and you’ll turn into a bitter old hag."
"Dressner... has an assured and individual voice, sweet but strong. She reminds me a bit of Kimya Dawson and Hop Along, but they're both more whimsical, less direct. Singing about uncertainty, "I'll look for you in me" is one of the more simple and powerful lines on loss that I've heard in a song."
“ “Dressner comes across as understated, almost demure, making her poignant lyrics seem all the more telling. Fortunately, she’s an artist worth seeking out."”
“Annie Dressner is a siren; not in a metaphorical entertainment writer speak sort of way, but in a literal "I think she has some magic in her" sort of way.”
“Annie Dressner’s voice has a twilight poignancy, this majestic loneliness, and nowhere on her forthcoming release Strangers Who Knew Each Others Names is that more true than on its title track.”
“Vulnerability, fragility and innocence are the first impressions you get from singer/song writer Annie Dressner debut CD, Strangers Who Knew Each Other's Names. There are those artists who create voices not explicitly their own to speak for them, personae; there are those artists who speak sincerely in their own voices. Then there are those that manage to give the semblance of sincerity whether it's genuine or not. I don’t know for sure into which of these categories Dressner fits, but if it's not the second then she's done a hell of a job convincing this listener.”
“The album flows very smoothly with the combination of low-key acoustic instrumentation and the innocence of Annie's voice. ”
“...like sitting with a good friend in a corner booth over a beer, as Dressner details her life in song.”
“Evoking the likes of Jenny Lewis or Neko Case, Annie’s confessional quirkiness hooks you in at first listen, and her sweet voice and the lush, layered production will have you pressing “repeat” and adding the album to your summer backyard BBQ soundtrack. Don’t be surprised if you hear one of her songs behind a pivotal scene on a popular TV show sometime soon. She’s got that thing.”
"Her music is a gentle, intertwining mix of musical indulgences, from Bright Eyes to Regina Spektor, that swirl and twirl with all the grace of the American dream. Tracks on her Myspace are well produced and stand out in the noise of the other 15 billion profiles out there. Noteworthy songs are Strangers Who Knew Each Others Names and Fly, which you can recline into and get right from the start. Her songs are innocent and simple, sometimes it’s good to have dark and mysetious and full of double entendre but other times, in the dying heat from the day sun, all you need is a song that can slowly creak a smile onto your face. Lyrics like “I felt more love than I felt in years/it’s nice to know that it still appears sometimes” show that its not all doom and gloom and that Dressner is a fan of the simple things, true love and words of truth."