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Anet Tortured CD Cover
Image © 2000 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 at her 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.

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