"Boom" is the best pop download that Amazon has featured in their promotional freebies. This belongs on a burned CD for the car between "Mais Que Nada" and Duffy's "Mercy".
Usually the free downloads are pretty hit or miss (although the classical and jazz is consistently enjoyable) but this one's a keeper. The faux '60s feel is well done with a tip of the hat to Duane Eddy, Anjulie's voice is distinctive, and the production is complementary without being too heavy-handed.
Even a cursory listen to the seemingly unlimited number of chanteuses (chanti?) competing for airplay, recording contracts, and audience mindspace reveals a crowded field. So many, so similar, so interchangeable (particularly noticeable on compilations like Red Hot + Rhapsody), and most have only one voice, one vocal style and one delivery. "Boom" shows Anjulie to be just a little bit different; here's hoping that subsequent releases show growth in that divergence from the pack.
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I got the free download of 'Boom' from Starbucks and liked it a lot. The song is great fun, very catchy, smart, and playful. I just heard it in the background of the promos for the new TV show "Eastwick", so the word is getting out. When I saw the album on Amazon I downloaded for a low price and have been enjoying it ever since.
Stay away from the video for Boom, though. I hated it. Anjulie looks terrible in it, and it is nothing like the urbane, polished, classy video I expected to see.
Despite the video debacle, Anjulie seems to know exactly who she is musically and vocally. The songs all reflect a very good feel for a number of genres, and have a old-school-updated mixed with new-production feel. Her vocal power is not Diva-Level, but certainly are perfect for her songs, and she has enough register, technique, tone, and color to more than satisfy. The hooks are huge in these songs, which are also extremely creative, often pleasantly unpredictable. She doesn't paint herself into any musical corners, and when she goes somewhere unexpected, you usually smile broadly at the choice.
You will hear a full range of horns, strings, percussion instruments, and very cool arrangements on the various tracks. I read up on her Guyanese-Indian-Canadian suburban background, but she sounds like she was raised someplace hip, like NY, Miami, or LA. (She and Utada would definitely make an interesting bill. Utada is a Japanese - American pop princess who was raised in NY and Japan and sounds like a soul-sista on her US albums).
As of this writing, I think three songs have been released as singles: Boom, Addicted2Me, and The Day Will Soon Come. The Heat would make a nice single, and really love the ballad When Its Love. No bad songs in the bunch, really, though. I play the CD all the way through and always find the songs refreshing and fun. Excellent freshman effort. I hope she can sustain it and find new levels. With her creativity, I think she has a good shot... Boom!