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Listen to any one track on Guyanese-Canadian singer/songwriter Anjulie's self-titled debut, and it appears easy to pigeonhole her, to call her the next artist "X." The only problem with that lazy categorization is that, on song after song, that "artist X" changes. Opening track and single "Boom" conjures up aughts genre-benders like Santigold; the song's a sultry masala of miscellaneous styles, throwing dark bossa nova, Morricone-esque flourishes, Bond themes, acid jazz, and an insanely catchy half-scat hook all into one boiling-over (and madly sexy) musical pot. "Boom" ends in a flash and her audience is cast into the fluttering, deliciously sugary pop soul of Nelly Furtado on the mournful, yet batty-eyed "Rain." Next, on "Some Dumb Girl," Anjulie channels Minnie Riperton at her most slinkily seductive, on a steamy piece of throwback '70s Philly soul-disco pop. And on and on it goes, on an alluring coming out of a record as hints of Laura Nyro, Regina Spektor, Beyoncé, and even Ben Folds sneak into the chilled mix. Anjulie is produced by her songwriting partner Jon Levine, ex-Philosopher Kings, the underappreciated '90s alternative soulsters whose ultra-slick R&B went down like silken chocolate, and the LP's smooth sound certainly echoes that of his old mates. While the record's not without its rough patches, dully derivative moments, and false notes ("Fatal Attraction" gets a bit silly with its tacked-on breathy hook), Anjulie is quite impressive as an opening salvo from a talented musical collagist whose minor flurry of hype is well-warranted.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Hear Music
UPC: 0888072304987
catalogNumber: 30498
Rank: 228944

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anjulie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Walter Davis   Saxophone
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Ron Blake   Trumpet
Paul Cartwright   Violin
John Ferraro   Guitar,Drums
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Clarence McDonald   Piano
Scott Martin   Saxophone
Michael White   Drums
Colin Wolfe   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Chris Wood   Violin
Francisco Torres   Trombone
Jon Levine   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Jan Fairchild   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Peter Jacobson   Cello
Anthony Brewster   Organ
Bill Barrett   Saxophone
Anthony Kilhoffer   Percussion,Keyboards
Daniel Stone   Percussion
Sebastien Leger   Trumpet
Jorn Anderson   Percussion,Drums
Nick Papadakis   Viola
Ron Blake   Trumpet
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   Viola
John "Hot Fat Reynolds" Ferraro   Guitar,Drums
Oliver Johnson   Guitar
Larnell Lewis   Drums
Transcenders   Keyboards
Marc Rogers   Bass
Kristy Hawkins   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andrea Deboer   Violin
Adam Homberg   Background Vocals
Jans Lamberg   Background Vocals
Eva Redpath   Background Vocals
Ricky Tillo   Guitar
Jill Vitols   Cello
Ryan Whittal   Background Vocals
Corey Gemmell   Violin
Shante Palmer   Trombone
Ryan Whittal   Background Vocals
Kris Hawkins   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Janis Lamberg   Background Vocals
Eva Redpath   Background Vocals
Adam Holmberg   Background Vocals
Daniel Stone   Percussion
Oliver Johnson   Guitar
Christopher Woods   Violin
Andrea de Boer   Violin
Norman Hathaway   Violin

Technical Credits

Walter Davis   Arranger
David Bianco   Engineer
John Burk   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Lenny DeRose   Engineer
Scott Martin   Horn Arrangements
Dennis Moody   Engineer
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth   Programming,drum programming
Colin Wolfe   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production
Francisco Torres   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Brian West   Composer
Pete Rock   Programming,drum programming
Jon Levine   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production
L. Stuart Young   Engineer
Jeff McCulloch   Engineer
Rob Beaton   Engineer
Jan Fairchild   Engineer
Stu Young   Engineer
Bill Barrett   Arranger
Anthony Kilhoffer   drum programming
Sebastien Leger   Arranger
Seth Presant   Engineer,drum programming
Corey Smyth   Executive Producer,Management
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson   Arranger,String Arrangements
Transcenders   Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Jennie Laws   Arranger,String Arrangements
Kathryn Macnaughton   Concept,Cover Design
Shante Palmer   Arranger
Anjulie   Composer,Producer

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