"Anne McCue is the virtual definition of triple threat. A potent singer, thoughtful songwriter and tough guitarist, she completely comes into her own on Koala Motel."
"Koala Motel sounds like a classic on first listening... replete with everything that makes great rock great"
"Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Anne McCue wields potent bluesy rock against her unaffected, naturally wistful voice."
"By the time the title track closes the album, you are ready to follow this peripatetic world traveler wherever she wants to go."
"A killer guitar player..."
"McCue sounds like her alto came out of God's workshop. She's confident, polished, smart, and Koala Motel is wholly original - and indelible."
"With such skill and self-confidence, McCue should have no trouble mastering the headlining slots that are surely in her future."
"Australian 'it girl' Anne McCue kept me going with an electrifying set of tunes from her new Koala Motel."
"My new favorite artist and an amazing guitarist."
Folk-rocker Anne McCue is an Australian with a punk past, yet she's got more all-American authenticity than a dozen Martina McBrides. McCue pours blood all over the tracks on her new Roll, singing of death and lust and sin and regret and whores and Gandhi. She possesses a poignantly plaintive voice and multi-ranged guitar chops that swing from tasty Delta blues to stinging slide chordings to fat feedbacked riffs (dig her cover of Hendrix's "Machine Gun.")
McCue brings post-Hendrix blues guitar and her post-Lucinda alto from the land of Oz (and a year of one-night stands in Vietnam; really), and would be worth showing up for even if she were alone.
If Anne McCue, like up-and-comer Kathleen Edwards, represents a new generation of hard-bitten, country-inflected singer-songsmiths drawing deep inspiration from Lucinda Williams, don't fault her for it. She could do worse for role models, and -- also like Edwards -- is forging unique voice from the influence.
Anne McCue is a folkie, but she's no delicate flower: Fresh off a tour with Louisiana growler Lucinda Williams, the Aussie singer-guitarist recently spent a year gigging five nights a week in Vietnam and boasts an arsenal of muscular Hendrix chords.
Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Anne McCue wields potent bluesy rock against her unaffected, naturally wistful voice.
A gifted guitarist
Chicago Daily Herald
Based on McCue's searing guitar licks on her latest album, Roll, it is obvious she made the right choice in abandoning the piano and picking up the guitar.
Bob Harris, BBC
The best album of the year!
Anne McCue's second record, Roll (Messenger), proves the value of fiery guitar playing to archy singer/songwriter material, as the Aussie lets her instrument roll behind her vocals, expressing with contained metallic fury what her words only suggest.
Philadelphia Daily News
It's a compelling effort -- at turns hard-nosed and soft-stroking, rocking and twangy -- with McCue's consistently vital material, emotive vocals and great guitar work.
Besides having a bluesy voice and songs to match ('50 Dollar Whore,' 'Ballad of an Outlaw Woman'), McCue is an accomplished guitarist who can handle Delta blues and fat feedback as well as quieter folk stylings. Not only does she dare to cover Hendrix's 'Machine Gun,' but her nine-minute version, tucked away as a hidden track at the end of her new album, Roll, also does righteous justice to the revered guitar god's memory.
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Listeners will delight in her slide guitar prowess, as well as her pointed and powerful lyrics.
Anne McCue is the virtual definition of "triple threat." A potent singer, thoughtful songwriter and tough guitarist, she completely comes into her own on this new project.
The young Australian earns accolades with an album of songs that stretch from urgent to world-weary with bracing bluntness.