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  • Audio CD (25 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Software Recording Company
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Anxiety is the full-length follow up to Autre Ne Veut's 2010 self-titled debut, which was for many the definitive post-millennial Failure Pop statement outside of time and style. Autre Ne Veut rivaled other lovelorn 'missteps'; such as Marvin Gaye's Here My Dear and Big Star's Sister Lovers. If you didn't hear the connection, you weren't listening closely enough. Anxiety is in some sense Ashin closing a chapter on his adolescence through song-form depictions of his own relationship struggles and ecstasies. There are club bangers on Anxiety, for sure;'Counting' a cybernetic sea shanty tips its hat to Timbaland, and opening track 'Play By Play' rolls out like a slowly evolving Top 40 operetta with nods to Dr. Luke and Patti LaBelle in equal measure. But when experienced as a whole, there is an unfolding sense of confession to Anxiety. The influences on Anxiety range from David Byrne to Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Laurie Anderson and Annie Lennox to Katy Perry and Rihanna. But Arthur's primary influence - and the influence most evident in his music - is of karaoke- the solitary person singing along with their favorite song. In karaoke we get to be someone bigger than who we usually are. When we sing karaoke or when we sing in the shower, we get to be gods; gods with bars of soap, gods with plastic cups in our hands.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD
We really shouldn't let this album disappear over the horizon unnoticed.
Autre Ne Veut is in fact New York-based singer/composer Arthur Ashin
and with 'Anxiety' he has delivered ten soulful electro-pop gems which
really do get under your skin after a couple of listens and linger long
in the memory nagging you to press that replay button one more time.

Mr Ashin has a terrific voice capable of expressing a wide range of
emotions. There's more than a nod and a wink in the direction of The
Small Purple One in his melodic inventions and compact funky beats.
Jump straight to 'A Lie' to see what I mean : It's a cracking song
balancing light and shade in its warm gospel-ish arrangement but it's
that voice which really stands out, really shines! Hovering above those
curious squeegy harmonies our host's perfectly articulated falsetto
ducks and dives like a swallow bouncing around in a summer breeze!
'Promises',too, is a splendid little two-minute uplifting confection which
reminded me a tad of Frankmusic (remember Vincent Frank anyone?) at his
poppy best but better. Top of the pile, however, is the simply marvelous
'Ego Free Sex Free'; it's a big production number full of the kind of
well-crafted soulful feeling which truly does make the heart beat faster.

Mr Ashin has little to be anxious about. On this evidence his future is secure.

Highly Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yasir Gulzar on 3 Jun 2013
Format: Audio CD
I have had this album on heavy repeat for a few months now and it is already a contender for my album of the year. It certainly will not be to everyone's tastes as he sings most of the album in a falsetto but when songs of heartbreak are this epic the voice suits the album perfectly. It's incredibly difficult to categorise the album - the guy's background is in R&B but it's the kind of strange experimental R&B that is as far away from the chart stuff as you'll ever get. Take a pinch of Jamie Lidell circa Multiply and add the theatricality of a strange hybrid of west end musical and Muse and you kind of start to approach what this guy is doing.

That is not to say he doesn't have an ear for a tune - every song has a sweet hook around which Arthur Ashin builds his songs. Just check out the sweet harmonies and vocalisation of the second part of World War after the initial jarring discord of the first. Or the beautiful opening of Play by Play (both songs are great bookends to the whole album). There is just so much going on in song wise you'll be listening again and again to pick up new flourishes. The lyrics are pure over the top emotional drama and the music has the pomp to back them up. Just listen to Promises (one of the stand out tracks from the album) and say I'm wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tee Double You Bee Esq on 28 Oct 2014
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This will be something of a Marmite album for most but I can't think of another LP I have played more this year. Straight to the point, Arthur Ashin's astonishing falsetto vocal will not be to everyone's taste (the ghost of Prince looms...). Derided unfairly by some as 'hipster RnB' there is nothing arch or smug about 'Anxiety' - every song is a delicious earworm and the vocals so impassioned, you can't help but be whisked into his world, but give it time; like the best music, it takes a few listens to really sink its hooks in.
Opener 'Play By Play' would be 'number one' forever in a more just galaxy; 'Counting' documents the protracted death of his Grandmother - Chris Brown, this ain't... 'Ego Free, Sex Free' is a storming track, also concerned with loftier ideals as is the self-explanatory 'Gonna Die'. All of these songs could happily be ghost-written for a popular artist and get massive airplay but the composition has enough eccentricity and genius to set it apart.
My favourite tracks are 'A Lie' and 'World War' where, to an extent, the divisive hyper-emotiveness is toned down and the melodies and lyrics shine.
If you're feeling adventurous and are willing to put the time in, this could be an endlessly playable beauty of an LP.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Leading the Pack (4.5 out of 5 stars) 15 Mar 2013
By M. Nielson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big fan of well-made R&B. It's a genre about passion, sincerity, and most importantly, vulnerability. So much of what is classified as R&B that appears on the radio comes off as very insincere and invulnerable, with the monotonous cliches and auto-tuned vocals. This was pretty frustrating to me because I missed the cathartic core of the genre, needing to seek out older artists that are accomplished but not entirely relatable because they came from a different time.

Jump ahead to a few years ago. A new wave of experimental R&B singers have started to appear, turning the genre on its head with each new release getting more interesting. We have Janelle Monae for a more classical approach, The Weeknd for a dastardly dude, Twin Shadow for the cool indie crowd, and of course Frank Ocean who has been getting the biggest praise. I've liked all these groups, but there was a level of vulnerability I needed that most of these artists still hadn't reached.

This is where Arthur Ashin (Autre Ne Veut) comes in. His debut album a few years ago showed signs of greatness but was somewhat hampered with the lo-fi production and over reliance on repetition. It was a product of the chillwave movement, albeit with more of a late 80's/early 90's pop aesthetic. Since that debut, Arthur has acquired his Masters in Psychology, underwent psychoanalysis, and stepped up his game in the production department. What came forth from these developments is a near R&B masterpiece.

Every track has something interesting to be wowed by musically, but the true star is Arthur Ashin's vocal delivery. He's not the best singer, but to nitpick that would be missing the point. He lays himself bare across each song in a way you would typically associate with a genre like punk or hard rock. His voice shoots up, does loop-de-loops, spreads out, trickles, and all other sorts of descriptors you could imagine. It took me more than one listen to graft his unique vocals to the lyrics and music but once you can see the big picture it all fits together amazingly.

Having spent the short 24 years of my life feeling a little more anxious than most, I can relate to the passion and vulnerability of each song here. They are cool because they're not too concerned with sounding cool. They are poppy while dirtying the hooks just enough to not give you cavities with their melodic sweetness. I would give this a 4.5, but rounded up to 5 given the star system at Amazon. I hope that this album gets Arthur a bigger audience and look forward to his future achievements.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Awesome 9 May 2013
By Greg Gallagher - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love this CD very creative and uses sounds in a whole new way. In some ways reminds me of old creative Prince
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Incredible new sound 10 Mar 2013
By Vermont - Published on
Format: Vinyl
A leading light in this new sound. This is a candidate for album of the year. No weak spotsq and some really great songs.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Seriously good updated R&B 8 Mar 2013
By Curt Pence - Published on
I liked this from listen one and was amazed to discover that Arthur Ashin sings his own songs. The voice is amazing. The treatments and beats are tremendous. Not quite like anything else, but not totally strange either. Earnest, forward sounding music with a deep seated R&B vibe.
A nice surprise 14 Jan 2014
By jaxy - Published on
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Checked out Autre Ne because of a festival Im going to. Loved the sample they had on the fest website then listened to the whole thing on Itunes. Lets say it got my attention I will seeing him when he performs live. ;)
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