Posted at 11:05 PM, 25 May 2008 -
Popjustice has written a preview of Annie's new album. Six songs have been produced and co-written by Xenomania. Popjustice described the album as "extraordinarily good" and as "a complete modern masterpiece".
"Most of it was recorded in the last twelve months with new recruits Xenomania joining established collaborators Timo and Richard X, and the result is a mix of styles which won't scare Annie's existing fans but might actually give her some proper hit singles.".
Here are some extracts from Popjustice's write up on some of the Xenomania songs:
My Love Is Better - «One of the future singles - probably the next one, after 'Girlfriend' (...) It's unmistakeably a Xenomania track - similar in feel to 'Long Hot Summer' or 'You Freak Me Out' - which features guitar work from Alex Kapranos. Its chorus is a call and response session with Girls Aloud along the lines of:
Annie: My love is better
Girls Aloud: Than your love
Annie: My lips are wetter
Girls Aloud: Than your lips
And so on.
Sweet - «One of the best songs on the album is another Xenomania track called 'Sweet' which has all the hallmarks of a summertime airplay smash.»Popjustice has also posted a tentative tracklisting written up by Annie:
Loco - «'Loco' is a sort of Blondie-esque belter whose chorus trills "you're so loco, everybody says that you're a no-go" - a lyric which is probably the only misfire on the whole album. »
Heaven & Hell - «(...) a jaunty summery number which sounds a bit like Saint Etienne and contains one of our favourite lines from the album: "tell me, tell me what did I do wrong? Oh baby, I'm perfect".»
When The Night - «Annie describes 'When The Night' as her first power ballad (...)»
4. My Love Is Better
5. Marie Cherie
6. Take You Home
7. When The Night
8. What Do You Want (Breakfast Song)
9. Bad Times
10. Heaven & Hell
12. Perfectly Honest
13. Songs Remind Me Of You