Some things are worth the wait and that officially includes the very-long-awaited sophomore album from Annie, who took the indie pop world by storm in 2005 with her debut, Anniemal.
The new album, Don't Stop, picks up where the first left off, but shows the Norwegian singer/DJ's musical growth. Annie has been working on the album for three years, picking up new sounds and influences along the way. She again works with collaborators Timo Kaukolampi and Richard X but also taps producer Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Primal Scream) and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos. SomethingGlorious got the advance and can't stop listening.
The songs, like "Songs Remind Me of You," "Hey Annie" and "I Don't Like Your Band," have enough commercial appeal to crossover to a larger audience but still have that indy edge that first engendered the most skeptical hipsters and music critics to swoon at her vibrant, lovable songs off Anniemal, including "Heartbeat" and "The Greatest Hit," which sampled Madonna's "Everybody." This collection is undeniably catchy with Annie's breathy vocals, big dance hooks, melancholy French pop in the vein of Serge Gainsbourg and a whole pack of '80s-influenced bubblegum.There are influences of Kylie, Daft Punk, the Go Team and, dare I say, Paula Abdul.
The album isn't out in the U.S. until Nov. 17, but as SomethingGlorious gets access to MP3s, I'll post them. In the meantime, check out this video for the hot, club-ready track "Songs Remind Me of You."
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