A sequel that’s faster, flashier and more bombastic than the original
Album review: Annie - 'Don't Stop'
Xenomania-abetted lipstick-pop genius finally strikes
On ‘I Don’t Like Your Band’, her (ahem) m-annie-festo is laid out – “You gotta ditch your instruments/And start it up again/Buy yourself a sequencer/And then let the games begin” – before she begins to prove her point. ‘My Love Is Better’ is a room-crossing lipgloss swagger. Initially it had Girls Aloud doing backing vocals, but the world ultimately decided that such a combination of amazingness would cause the galaxy to explode. Elsewhere, ‘Marie Cherie’ is a Sofia Coppola-atmospheric tale of a little-girl-lost, with a lazy samba beat, and the final two tracks – ‘When The Night’ and ‘Heaven And Hell’ – find our protagonist in lovelorn form. A heart of glass is smashed. Or not. With a record this good, how could a boy bring her down? True to form, on ‘Heaven And Hell’, Annie sings “Tell me, tell me what did I do wrong?/Oh baby, I am perfect”. Attagirl.
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