Album Review

Annie, 'Don't Stop'

November 23, 2009

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Annie Don't Stop
Smalltown Supersound
ESSENTIAL “I Don’t Like Your Band’’

Good things come to those who wait, and in the case of Norwegian pop tart Annie, great things have come to those who patiently counted the days to the release of “Don’t Stop.’’ Delayed for more than a year while she split with her record label and reworked tracks, “Don’t Stop’’ is an electro-pop truffle - a tasty confection with a hard, glossy shell surrounding a smooth, melt-in-your-ear interior of cheeky, playful lyrics. Annie has an incredible knack for marrying Pat Benatar’s lip-gloss feminist swagger with playful dance-club melodies. “I Don’t Like Your Band’’ finds the singer ripping apart her boyfriend’s tired musical efforts. “That stuff you play is so passe,’’ she says coquettishly over a throbbing beat before paying homage to Donna Summer with a chorus of “Oh, I feel bad, I feel bad, I feel bad’’ ripped directly from “I Feel Love.’’ Like La Roux or Lady Gaga, Annie proves that smart lyrics can live quite comfortably alongside a high number of beats per minute. She even pushes her normal dance bubble by channeling Ladytron on the moody “Marie Cherie.’’ The only things missing here are songs that were cut from the album’s original release, including the amazing “I Know Your Girlfriend Hates Me’’ and (moment of silence, please) a cover of Stacey Q’s “Two of Hearts.’’ (Out now) CHRISTOPHER MUTHER