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'It takes us far into a fantasy where all the good things are'
on 5 June 2012
After one of the most sensational debut albums in recent years it's been quite a wait for this follow up, and the big question is, does it live up to it's illustrious predecessor? Well breathe a collective sigh of relief, because the answer is an emphatic 'yes'...and then some! Pip Brown, along with co-writer/performer/producer Pascal Gabriel, have once again delivered a truly sublime slice of thumping pop rock!
The enjoyable opening track 'Girl Like Me' has touches of T.Rex which leads to us to think that Pip is about to take us on a contemporary musical journey through the 70's in a similar fashion as she did with the 80's throughout the self titled first album. Indeed the excellent next track 'Sunday Drive' sounds much like a holdover from that first album, so no disappointment there then. The following tracks settle into a steady string of driving baselines and catchy lyrics - 'Black White & Blue', 'Vaccine', Blue Eyes' and 'Vanity' all top notch numbers increasingly cementing a sound not so much `80's' but simply 'Ladyhawke'. 'The Quick & the Dead' is a slightly darker number, but still in keeping with the album feel, as is the title track where Pip mixes a light, punchy score with some slightly more deeper lyrical content.
Then just when you think things are ticking away nicely into the final stretch comes an absolute show stopper - the beautiful, amazing, fantastic 'Cellophane', a standout track on what is a standout album.
'Gone Gone Gone' completes the album listing (another great track which could easily have featured on the previous album) but that's not the final number -'Human', a 'hidden' track, follows a minute or two later, and for a literal bonus it's up there with the rest of the proceedings.
I'd say that as a whole 'Anxiety' works slightly better than 'Ladyhawke', the tempo is better executed across the entire duration of the album. There's also a more mature sound to this offering, without sacrificing the youthful enthusiasm so abundant on the last album.
The very fact that you'll even be considering if 'Anxiety' is as good as, or even better than 'Ladyhawke' just goes to show how truly awesome this album is!
Thanks to Pip and Pascal for another wonderful collection of superb pop rock, can't wait for the third album release!