Anne-Marie has been on the radar since her breakthrough with the number 1 song ‘Rockabye’, a collaboration with British electronic group Clean Bandit and Sean Paul which saw the artist climb the charts in early 2017 and is now a multi platinum selling artist.
After releasing an extensive list of chart topping singles, ‘Alarm’, ‘Ciao Adios’, ‘Heavy’ and ‘Friends’ with DJ and producer Marshmello and the latest ‘2002’, written alongside Ed Sheeran and also featuring backing vocals, this small artist has really taken over the music industry. ‘Friends’ alone spent a variety of days peaking at number one on the worldwide iTunes charts and ‘2002’ reached number 3 in the UK.
But ‘Speak Your Mind’ is more than just a pop album full of songs destined to make the charts. The debut album is a collective of Anne-Marie’s hard work and dedication to the sound and status she has created for herself.
With fans having already heard over half of the standard track list it is important for any artist to bring something new. Touring previous to the album’s release, Anne-Marie was able to promote these new songs without having any official/unofficial leak. The opening track, ‘Cry’ starts with the line “I’ve always been a winner” after a minute long musical intro which produces an impactful start to the album with the production; dropping beautifully on the chorus without focusing too greatly on hard BDM sounds that have been seen in recent songs. This track is closely followed by the tropical influenced ‘Trigger’ which creates a new light around heartbreak and pain whilst keeping a happy atmosphere produced in the sonics of the song.
The dubstep inspired ‘Bad Girlfriend’ incorporates classic early 2000s sounds in a new wave of experiments, that allow her vocals to flow seamlessly over the tracks heavy production. Within the album, her sounds are much more intruding with the beats which sometimes dominate over her powerful voice.
‘Perfect’ is a timeless ballad about self acceptance that focuses on the female body and stigmatisation around sexuality. “And I’ll love who I want to love, cause this love is gender free”.
When it comes to the best tracks on the album it can become subjective. Personally, the heartfelt breakup anthem ‘Then’ released as a promotional single in December is a standout along with ‘Bad Girlfriend’ – where the song plays on her sexual desires towards the same sex whilst still in a relationship with a man. The cleverness of ‘2002’ with the inclusion of Britney Spears and Jay-Z lyrics help to encapsulate everything that Anne-Marie tries to do with her music, creating summertime bops with heavy influences from different time periods.
Anne-Marie is one in the long list of exciting album releases this year and ‘Speak Your Mind’ has certainly set a standard for the future of chart music in the industry.
Words: Jake Frain