Anasta­cia

The Guardian - G2 - - Reviews pop - Rachel Aroesti

Evo­lu­tion POLYDOR ★★★★★ When she broke through with her

2000 disco-funk de­but sin­gle I’m Outta Love, Anasta­cia’s self-pos­ses­sion, strong, se­vere vo­cals and im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of tinted glasses stood in sat­is­fy­ingly for the usual writhing co­quet­tish­ness of the times. Amid health trou­bles she fell off the radar in the mid-noughties – but scored mas­sive suc­cess with Left Out­side Alone, which com­bined Evanes­cence style melo­drama with a stonk­ing pop cho­rus. Evo­lu­tion, her sev­enth al­bum, is un­likely to pro­pel her back to star­dom, but it pro­vides a wel­come al­ter­na­tive to the cur­rent pop sta­tus quo. Man­ag­ing to feel an­themic in a gen­tler and pleas­ingly melodic way, its song­writ­ing proves as ro­bust as Anasta­cia’s inim­itable pipes, gen­re­hop­ping be­tween rock, dance and slower, mu­si­cal-style num­bers with dex­ter­ity and warmth.

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