McCarthy shifts gears continuously. Anchors Away begins with cool jazz on "Anxious," then drifts into Wilco/Son Volt territory for "Rest Area" and the title cut. Acoustic guitar and percussion vie for attention on "14 for Life." Rock and blues get their due on "Get Free" and "Suburban Blues." McCarthy's voice is commanding yet unemotional; his lyrics are simple, though impressive for a first effort. But it's his mighty skills on the guitar that make him one to watch.