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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Software Recording Company
  • ASIN: B00ADGSIYQ
  • 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: 134,721 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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By The Wolf TOP 50 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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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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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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