Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B, Rock
Hear Music presents the self-titled debut release from Anjulie. With her unique voice, disarmingly frank lyrics, melodic gifts and exotic good looks, the singer and songwriter announces herself as a commanding new presence... more »
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Hear Music presents the self-titled debut release from Anjulie. With her unique voice, disarmingly frank lyrics, melodic gifts and exotic good looks, the singer and songwriter announces herself as a commanding new presence on the music scene. This not-to-be-missed debut is a sophisticated blend of indelible pop smarts, hip-hop edginess, and world-music spice.
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Greg Kinne | midwest | 08/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Guyanese-Canadian chanteuse Anjulie is the latest "It" girl surrounded by a massive amount of hype since ol' what's her name. Although you can objectively fill in the blank with whatever "hip" female songwriter of the past five years, Anjulie and her songwriting partner Jon Levine (ex of Philosopher Kings) possess enough chops and variety on her self-titled debut to keep things interesting.
Anjulie has demonstrated she has a wide array of musical influences reflected on this album such as Nancy Sinatra, Alanis Morrissette, Lauryn Hill and Annie Lennox. The first few tracks on Anjulie's debut run the gamut from the stylish and swaggering guitar twang of opener "Boom" to the retro-disco of "Some Dumb Girl." "Addicted2Me" is flawed as the falsetto that Anjulie adopts grates at certain times. However, that' s a small price to pay for a debut as eclectic as this one. The album effortlessly segues from hip-hop (The Heat) to her singer songwriter shtick (Colombia, Same Damn Thing) but tends to overwhelm the listener because Anjulie's all over the musical map. If there's one major fault of this album it's that each song on this album seems to be written as a single for whatever guise Anjulie is adopting. Perhaps on her next album, Anjulie will find one genre to explore and immerse herself in fully."
The new "next big thing"...
Nse Ette | Lagos, Nigeria | 08/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With a light airy yet expressive purr remniscent of Corinne Bailey Rae's or even Gospel singer Nicole C. Mullen's, 25 year old Anjulie's music is as rich as her heritage. Of Indian, Canadian and Guyanese descent, her music runs the musical gamut from the Jazzy Latin-tinged "Columbia", the acoustic/Ska-tinged "Same damn thing" to the bouncy contemporary R&B sound of "Addicted2me".
Opening is the single, the retro Nancy Sinatra-style "Boom" with creepy Morricone-sounding guitars and intermittent bursts of Brass. "Rain" is a stunning lilting summery ballad ("He got a knife in my back, stop turning please"), while raising the tempo a wee bit is the horn-peppered retro Soul "Some dumb girl" (with a groovy bassline, in which she commands her lover to "Keep your clothes off, I'm not rushing out like some dumb girl).
A sweeping overture ("Crazy that way intro") leads to the stripped piano ballad "Crazy that way" (with dramatic strings and multi-layered vocals coming in). Other standouts are the Ragga/Hip Hop-tinged "The heat", the corny yet sweet ballad "Love songs", the litling Soulful "Day will soon come" (like something Ms Bailey Rae would sing, with lyrics declaring her impending stardom) and closing Bollywood-tinged "Jamba" (think M.I.A and you get the picture).
All of the songs were penned by Anjulie, or co-penned (and produced) by Jon Levine of the Canadian R&B group Philosopher Kings. Rich and highly impressive, this is one album you'll get hooked on. An eclectic melange!"
Who is this girl!!??
king_lee | Baton Rouge, La | 11/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Whats so funny about my first interest in this album was actually when i saw the cover when i was scrolling through the album recomendations on here. This cover was just so pretty to me that i clicked on it to find out who this girl was. Then i listened to the samples and was blown away!!!I dont listen to this kind of music fluentlly. But this cd is totally creative and her voice is so pretty i enjoy every song on this cd but the highlights are:
Some Dumb Girl
Crazy That Way
Buy this cd its really good!!"