Even in this, a gently piano-driven song, Anjani upholds her claim that she’s “wilder than you’ll ever be.”Anjani sang backup for Leonard Cohen for more than 20 years while also playing the jazz club circuit. With her, Cohen co-wrote and co-produced Blue Alert. The songs are shared memories from experienced, romantic lives, the lyrics sometimes enigmatic or ambiguous, or at least poetic, and often concerned with beginnings and endings.
Her playing is tasteful and judiciously supported by moderate bits of bass, brushed drum, sax, and other unobtrusive sound effects from time to time. The package comes with a DVD that includes a couple of performances and some details about the making of the disc. If you’re in the mood for molasses-sweet songs about the human condition, it’s a good choice for a late-evening listen. Just sit back and let the mood, the music, and the words slowly pour over you.-Tom Geddie