Anneke Van Giersbergen – “Drive” (2013)

Label: PIAS/Inside Out Music/Agua Recordings

Review by Luisa Mercier

Our dear Anneke is back with her fourth solo record, one year and a half after “Everything Is Changing”. Since I was quite disappointed with the path she had chosen in “In Your Room”, I welcomed the rock/metalish style that she sang on in the previous release and hoped she went on that way.

She partially met my expectations in “Drive”, since the record is very uptempo and fresh, perfect to fit the positive vibes that Anneke emanates. I would advice to listen the album while on a short trip since it is perfect to accompany driving a car or while walking or running. Listen for example the opener “We Live On” which is absolutely perfect for the purpose just like the following “Treat Me Like a Lady”. A bit slower is “She”, but the chorus will make it up for that, plus I absolutely love the meaningful lyrics. 

The title-track is back to the style that opened the album, fresh and rock. The true ballad is “My Mother Said” which is not my favourite, but neither were the ballads on “Everything Is Changing”, so I guess I just prefer her on more lively tracks. “Forgive Me” is a melancholic , epic track while the featuring with Turkish superstar Hayko Cepkin gave birth to a really different, experimental song. One of the highlights in my opinion is “Shooting for the Stars”, a mid-tempo song with lots of feelings and sweetness. Last song is “The Best Is Yet to Come” that closes the record as it began, lively and powerful.

Rating – 80/100

 

Tracklist

  1. We Live On
  2. Treat Me Like a Lady
  3. She
  4. Drive
  5. My Mother Said
  6. Forgive Me
  7. You Will Never Change
  8. Mental Jungle
  9. Shooting for the Stars
  10. The Best Is Yet to Come

 

Line Up

  • Anneke Van Giersbergen – vocals, songwriting & instruments

 

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