Album Review

Anjulie, 'Anjulie'

August 3, 2009

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Anjulie Anjulie
Hear Music
ESSENTIAL “Crazy That Way’’

This Canadian pop singer’s self-titled debut is a slightly exotic, often lovely slice of whispery pop. And that’s why folks might fall in love with her. Or hate her. Let’s be honest: There isn’t much substance here, but this is music for a breezy summer night as the sun sets and the drinks arrive. While the album, produced by Philosopher King Jon Levine and others, starts off with a bounce (“Boom’’ - still begging for a club remix), it mostly settles into a mid-tempo groove propelled by a mostly organic musical interplay spiced by keyboards, sly horns and soul kissed guitar licks. Anjulie has a distinctive, somewhat thin voice and it takes a few listens to warm up to it. There’s a slight Europop and world feel to both Anjulie’s vocals and songs but there’s nothing radical going on here. The best tracks like “Some Stupid Girl’’ and the melodic “Crazy That Way’’ are simple and sweet (don’t mistake simple for simplistic). There’s plenty of room for growth in Anjulie’s range as a vocalist and writer yet this is sleek, subtle and cool in a time of dire studio overkill. (Out tomorrow) -- KEN CAPOBIANCO