Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Album: Anastacia, Heavy Rotation (Mercury)

Anastacia is an oddity among divas, beloved around the world except in her native America.

Heavy Rotation's self-titled 2004 predecessor notched up about 10 million sales despite not even getting released in America. That featured the gutsy singer moving towards a heavier, rock-oriented sound, now abandoned in favour of a more routine R&B approach.

Lead-off single "I Can Feel You" sets the formula, its burbling clavinet intro leading into a stomp-beat chunky enough to carry her powerful voice. She does the routine soul-diva thing – the piano-based plodder "Defeated" – as well as anyone, and "Neva Gonna Love Again" is an over-egged pomp-soul ballad – but it's when she stretches in other directions that Anastacia's abilities serve her best. On "Same Song", she essays a shrewd simulacrum of Amy Winehouse's predatory man-eater manner, and on "Absolutely Positively", a reasonable pastiche of Chaka Khan's funky early style.

The punchy, Rodney Jerkins-produced title track is a floor-filling assertiveness anthem in the vein of "I Will Survive"; so, too, is "The Way I See It", whose bumptious musical style reinforces the chippy tone of the lyrics: "You're trippin' if you're thinkin' I ain't gonna speak my mind/ Well pardon me for livin', expressin' my opinion".

Pick of the album: 'Absolutely Positively', 'Heavy Rotation', 'Same Song', 'The Way I See It'

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News


Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant


Making repairs to your home will be engrossing. You love finding ways to recycle old materials and preserve stylish details. If you don't own your place, think about buying one. You can get very generous terms from a bank or lending institution. Having a steady job can strengthen your application. Ask your employer to write you a reference. Are all the homes in your area outside your price range? Think about taking advantage of a government program tailored towards people in your situation.More