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Bits and Pieces
on 23 January 2015
Five years is a long time in the music business scene. Although it doesn't seem that long, it is five years since Anastacia hit the charts for the first time with "I'm Outta Love". Since then, so much has happened.
In the five years since then, we have seen any number of pop groups split up, TV start to create pop stars and for most of those artificially created pop stars to crash and burn. Madonna has reinvented herself twice and, until diagnosed with breast cancer, Kylie has just kept going.
In those five years, Anastacia has released three studio albums, selling 3 million copies of these in the UK and more than 20 million around the world. She has also battled and beaten breast cancer herself, although further away from the limelight than Kylie's current battle.
It's not just a strong voice that Anastacia has, but strength of character too. It is this combination that has enabled her to release a greatest hits album "Pieces of a Dream" after only five years as a major label singer, yet still manage to pack it with hits.
For me personally, Anastacia's career started with a bang with "I'm Outta Love" and has been tailing off since. Whilst she has moved away from her earlier sound, meaning you don't get the same song over and over, I preferred her earlier music to her more recent albums. In putting her hits in chronological order here, that means that this album does the same, starting impressively and then getting worse as it goes on. The new tracks, in particular, are a bit of a let down, as her voice isn't really designed for ballads, more for all out high tempo songs.
If you're a fan of Anastacia and already have all the albums, this isn't a worthwhile purchase, as the new songs are really nothing special and not worth the money on their own. If, however, you are a casual fan and only own one of the albums, or if you liked the singles but never made an album purchase, this would definitely be worth a look, featuring an equal amount of material from all three albums and some new material. If you're a pop fan and wouldn't mind trying something with a little more of a funk edge, this is also going to be made for you.
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