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.