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Annie's Norwegian blend of spiky pop and electro has quickly made her one of the most hotly tipped new artists across the globe. Already embraced as a musical force to be reckoned with, she is being championed be the likes of Mylo, DFA, LCD Soundsystem, Rob Da Bank and Scissor Sisters.

Norwegian singer/songwriter Annie (Anne Lilia Berge Strand) makes her full-length debut with what must surely be the year's sunniest album. Not since the days of The Tom Tom Club, Bananarama, and "Lucky Star"-era Madonna, has dance-pop been this fun, this bouncy, this unabashedly optimistic (1999 single "Greatest Hit" even samples the latter's "Everybody"). So don't say you haven't been warned: Anniemal is a pretension-free zone. With its "Oh no, oh no / You've got it all wrong / You think you're chocolate / But you're chewing gum" refrain, 2004's insanely addictive single "Chewing Gum" is the jewel in this sparkling crown. The R2D2-like bloops and bleeps and Annie's sweet "ah-ah-ahs" and "la-la-las" just make it shine all the brighter. Hippie-disco extravaganza "Come Together," which tops the seven-minute mark, is another standout, while the sentimental "My Best Friend" is, arguably, the only clunker on one of 2005's most notable releases. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Beat / Ada
  • ASIN: B0009IORC0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Greenhalgh on March 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Imagine a very strange pop cocktail: start with a large shot of new millennium Kylie, add a dose of Rachel Stevens at her best and finally fill up the glass with that fizzy quirkiness that, more than often than one might expect, has made the Scandinavian countries legendary for producing more good music than their small populations might suggest reasonable. If you can you might just have some idea of what to expect from `Anniemal'.
Annie is from Norway and this is her debut effort but you would never guess. Neither conservative nor self consciously weird in style or content - it is very listenable from the start and only gets better with repeated listening. That it is a more than competent debut is a fact; what slowly dawns is that it is a stunningly confident one. It combines a mixture of electronica with pure pop, touches of R `n' B and rock, plus a noticeable dance sensibility in a way that is somehow quite lacking in self-consciousness, let alone any pretension. It is one of those rare albums that give the impression of being created rather than planned perhaps helped by the fact that she co-wrote and produce the majority of the tracks

It starts with `Intro', which has Annie talking over a variety of bleeps and electronic anniemal noises. This is followed by the Richard X produced `Chewing Gum' along with the quite different sounding `Me Plus One'. As he produced Rachel Steven's `Some Girls' the connection is certainly there.
Another outstanding track is `Heartbeat' again co-written and produced by Annie. Many a well-established artist would kill for a track like this, while on the other hand the rather happy dance influenced `Greatest Hit' (As someone suggested to me this is slightly reminiscent of Faithless tracks featuring Dido, but on Prozac!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nasser Alqatami on February 3, 2005
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Leave it to Scandinavia to come up with the most innovative music on earth. First and foremost, no one can deny the impact of Bjork, who hails from Iceland. Then you get Sigur Ros, with their unique blast of a sound. Then you get the breezy sounds of Royksopp, who have worked on a couple of tracks with Norwegian prodigy-child Annie.

With a distinct ear for dance music, an expertise in electronica and the uncanny attempt at experimentalism, Annie unleashes Anniemal to receive a reaction from an industry that is unlikely to praise any music that makes the feet move.

On the other hand Annie did receive dance floor acclaim with her first single which has been on circulated in vinyl since 1999. "Greatest Hit" is a brisk dance track that samples a loop from Madonna's first ill-fated single "Everybody."

Other than that the other tracks have only been available recently, like "Chewing Gum," which is so intentionally cheesy it becomes a work of kitsch.

Other sounds are incorporated into the fusion of this album and give an electro-lush feel. "Always Too Late" caters to R&B fans and "Come Together" is an eight minute long pure disco ditty.

Shakatak tribute "No Easy Love" is both a chill and groove-by track. Then there are the straight-up loud lounge songs like "Me Plus One" and the gorgeous "Anniemal." But the highlight of the album is the haunting backdrop, yet dance-ridden "My Heartbeat," which is definitely a hit waiting to happen.

Other pieces blend dance music from across the pop culture plane. The Telepopmusik cross with 90's drums, "Happy Without You," explains the fusion of this album, while "Helpless Fool For Love" sounds like a mashup between Fashion TV compilations and Donna Summer's monumental "Love To Love You Baby.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on July 26, 2005
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At first glance and listen, Annie is one of those artists that indie lovers may pass over. That should not be the case. I first heard Annie on KEXP, which is one of the most progressive modern music stations in the US. Annie's sound reminds me of the Tom Tom Club and Human League, Abba, Madonna, and some of the 80's girl groups. What keeps me listening besides the great voice and vocal delivery is the production. The electronic dance beat layering done by the producers is great. This CD will make some great jams whether you are listening alone, at the backyard BBQ, or in the club. Annie should have wide appeal from both the indie crowd and the mainstream pop set. That's a tight-walk that is not easy to maneuver, but Annie pulls it off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Wasp on March 1, 2006
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This is what Madonna's Confessions On A Dance Floor should have sounded like. Self-effacing, fun and absolutely poptastic, Anniemal introduces Norway dance chick Anne Lilia Berge-Strand to the commercial music spectrum over half a decade since she debuted with her fresh single Greatest Hit. Even with seven years elapsing since this track first gained attention in the Nordic dance niche, the song (containing a sample of Madonna's overlooked early single Everybody) remains such a lost gem that it has been appropriately included on Anniemal for newcomers. Greatest Hit is not alone in its finely honed production, with taut tracks including the soaring Helpless Fool For Love, the slipping beat of Chewing Gum and elegant desire of My Heartbeat.

While Annie's musically happy to follow in her trailblazing Detroit footsteps, she appears wary of totally aligning her career with Madonna's. Me Plus One harnesses the funky buzz of Michael Jackson's Off The Wall while analysing the pitfalls of fame and the glamorous life and Always Too Late finds Annie shunning the role of pop diva with the lyric "I don't wanna wanna be a prima donna". With Annie's cheekiness obvious throughout the album, it's possible she may even be singing "I don't wanna wanna be a prim Madonna", although there's little chance of her light and breezy pop being relocated to an English manor just yet.

From the cute nursery rhyme and electro tsunami buzz of Intro through to My Best Friend, Anniemal is an intelligent release that balances the heavier lyrical topic of death with exuberant production and coquettish charm. With her enjoyable helium vocals and fine production, Annie's success is only a day away.
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