Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II [+digital booklet]

January 20, 2009 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Digital Booklet: Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II

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  • Original Release Date: January 19, 2009
  • Release Date: January 19, 2009
  • Label: Chop Shop/Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2009 Chop Shop Records/ Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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  • Total Length: 38:00
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  • ASIN: B001P1LDSQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,048 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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A totally different sound, and yet very fun.
Maria L. Lavender
The other songs are a bit mellow, but they all stimulate your senses.
Julian Nam
I love this new album, and I hope you enjoy it too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Delite Rancher VINE VOICE on February 9, 2009
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"Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II" delivers, but with some issues. It is best to skip past the first few tunes. The top of this album sounds too corporate radio friendly. Some of Anya's charm is washed out when appealing to such mainstream sensibilities. (I will admit that 'Cut it Out' has actually grown on me.) The album finally fires on all pistons with 'Drop Dead Blues.' From here on out, the album returns to Anya bliss. The rest of the album enjoys that time-tested brand of clever girliness. The sound generally ranges from rock to indie folk. 'Vertigo' is one of the highlights. Not replicating her previous work, this material is more produced. Leaning away from indie folk, this new direction gives "Slow & Steady Seduction" a more commercial presentation. At times this new production employs electric guitars, large scale vocal dubbing and a philharmonic orchestra. The spectacular oddity here is 'Águas de Março.' As sang by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina, I have long been enchanted by the Bossa Nova classic. Anya's rendition is pure ear candy. Comparatively, these songs are good but not as strong as those on her debut. The humor isn't quite as funny, the observations aren't quite as poignant and the melodies aren't as compelling. Length is another issue with this sophomore album. Even before removing the first few songs, the total length is only 35 minutes. Should you buy "Slow & Steady Seduction?" Coming from somebody who's been listening to Anya since the "Exercises in Racketeering" EP was first released, yes. "Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II" is a good album, but if you're new to Anya Marina, start with "Miss Halfway."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SherryT on June 1, 2013
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I first got into Anya's music after hearing 'Believe me I believe' recommended from Pandora..... and I was hooked!! Then after researching online, realized I had unknowingly heard her music on many early Grey's Anatomy episodes. I own both Slow and Steady seduction, and Felony Flats, and love them both. Her voice is so unique, and her style of music is different than anything else out there you will find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Wilson on May 15, 2009
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I'll admit I had never heard of Anya Marina before she opened up for Jason Mraz this spring. But now I am hooked - this is a great album and I look forward to hearing more from this talented musician.
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Slow and Steady is a fantastic piece of work by this incredibly gifted performer. Anya is a rare performer who's recorded work doesn't suffer in comparison to her live performances. Don't get me wrong, you should see her live, she's great. But she can manage what few others can, and that's convey a real emotional connection with just her voice.

It's also been incredibly fun watching her evolve from album to album over time, great popish groove i'm digging on this newest one. I love this new album, and I hope you enjoy it too! If you like Liz Phair, Jill Sobule, etc... you'll love it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hodkinson on February 23, 2009
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This is an album of excellent songs (five stars) which work amazingly acoustically (go to a gig) and in the right hands will be great pop tracks. Anya is a seductive singer, with complex songs, sadly let down by inept production. That production has mostly drowned the immense presence of her performance with mechanical beats and often hackneyed backing tracks. Yet there are some gems in here despite the production, because she is a great performer. Also, buy her first album here: http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Halfway-Anya-Marina/dp/B000HKKREC/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Anya is an outstanding musician, has a unique voice and is a lovely person to boot! But some of the tracks are ruined by an over-foregrounded backing and rhythm section, with drums which are so thuddingly uniform and inane they appear to be made with an 80s drum machine. There's a musician under all that junk. This is common: for example Lady Gaga also suffered from bad production on Poker face: check out both versions of that on youtube.

Details of the songs:

1. Move You starts out with fine Anya acoustics we're used to. It turns into a well-crafted foot-tappable piece with a forward, driving beat. Except for one thing: it sounds as if the drums from Fine Young Cannibals' She Drives Me Crazy have been kidnapped, given some amphetamines and threatened at gunpoint. The subtlety of Anya's honey-tobacco voice and seductive performance - which you can hear in the intro - is smothered.

2. All the Same to Me would be a great song if it had been produced a la Winehouse, with slow beat, jazz trumpet and minor sensibility. The writing has Winehouse influences and is excellent. However the production has a Britney-esque overproduction, seemingly intended as synth-pop for 13-year-olds.
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By Carrie on July 7, 2014
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Discovered Anya through Jason Mraz. Love her tunes. Love them!!
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I heard this on a Good Wife episode and just had to have. I am enjoying the entire CD. I highly recommend
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By Linda on June 7, 2014
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I ordered this album because of one song, "high on the ceiling" that was played on the Good Wife one Sunday evening. I had never heard of this singer and I was pleasantly surprised that I like all her songs so it was a really good win win for me. I would recommend this CD highly.
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