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Dream Control Music/Socan
(08 April 2000) Likened by some to Edith Piaf, Radio Head, Kate Bush and
even Garbage, award winning singer songwriter Anet has managed to reach the
spotlight with a hit song "Tortured," also the title of her debut album on
Dream Control Music (SOCOM, Cat. No. 7 6700 61539 2, 2000). Earlier songs
have been included in films and television series and other artists'
recordings. Anet is based in Vancouver, BC. From her mp3.com website
"A Diamond Award Winning Singer/Songwriter of "Sinking Like a Sunset", from Tom Cochrane's multi platinum selling album "Mad Mad World" and a two time winner of the Socan Songwriter award for Song of the Year, Anet has also been nominated for a "Juno" (Canada's version of a Grammy) in addition to various awards and accolades throughout the world." The new album is best classified as 'alternapop'—it fits into neither
alternative nor pop genres but actually fits into both.
Rock instrumentals dominated by guitar back lead and often multi-tracked backing
vocals. Music is highly accessible and will most likely appeal more to teens
than adults. Vocals are sung or slightly spoken and the music most closely
aligns to that featured regularly at MTV. The lead vocals are lovely and at
times are sung sweetly and evocatively while others they are rough and raunchy
demonstrating the artist's ability to vary styles dramatically.
Tortured is not the typical album reviewed at Musical Discoveries
in many respects, however, the interesting instrumental arrangements include
Celtic strings at times, which should expand the appeal of the album to our
audience somewhat. A couple of tracks difficult to categorise included
the rap-like "Cursed" and multi-genre "Astronauts" and "Friends" which
were equally difficult to appreciate. Straight rock tracks, including
"Tortured," "Stop Shooting Me," "Normal," and "Stuff," are actually quite
good but will most likely appeal to younger audiences. The album also
includes two more club-oriented dance mixes on the tracks "Die 4 You"
and "L'Etat D'Amour."
Heartfelt ballad-like rock tunes accompanied by guitar and strings are the
highspots of the album. With embedded soaring vocals and a range of singing
styles, these include the stunning tracks "Realness" and "Whore." "For The
Moon" is a heartfelt, yet almost spoken, sensitive ballad that closes the
album. The multi-tracked backing vocals add a lovely texture to the track.
Anet's debut album Tortured is an excellent introduction to this
multi-dimensional female recording artist. While the ballads were the
highlight of the album for us, clearly the rock, dance and rap-like numbers
will appeal to a broader audience. She is an attractive lady and the photos
within the album's artwork clearly illustrate that while providing complete
lyrics and recording credits. You can find ample soundbites
mp3.com website and order
one or both of her digital audio music CDs there. You can order Anet's
album Tortured from amazon.com
here. Clearly worth further exploration, Tortured is a nice listen.