Heavy Rotation

Heavy Rotation

by AnastaciaAnastacia


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Far more successful in the U.K. than in her native America, big-voiced Anastacia's self-professed sprock sound has helped her first three albums to sell over a million copies each. Her self-titled previous record was her biggest to date, thanks to a harder-edged sound that often recalled the dramatic rock/pop of Evanescence. However, Heavy Rotation, her first studio album in nearly five years, tones down the guitars in favor of a more eclectic collection of songs that take in everything from glossy soul-funk to acoustic pop and even techno. Lead single "I Can Feel You" misleadingly suggests that this doesn't seem like a particularly wise decision. Written by man of the moment Ne-Yo, its promising opening funky beats and squelchy synths are let down by such a non-event of a chorus that it's hard to believe it's penned by the same man behind Rihanna's recent infectious chart hits. A prime example of using a star name just for the sake of it, it's arguably the most underwhelming comeback song of the year. This is made even more frustrating by the fact that the rest of the album is packed with potential hit singles written by a team of equally accomplished songwriters. Lester Mendez (Shakira, Enrique Iglesias) works his magic on the delightfully retro soul stomper "The Way I See It"; the Guy Chambers collaborations "In Summer" and "All Fall Down" perfectly combine his trademark melodic guitar pop sound with Anastacia's powerhouse vocals; and the Rodney Jerkins-produced title track is a thumping Hi-NRG floor-filler that recalls Britney Spears' recent electro reinvention. Of course, no Anastacia album would be complete without a big power ballad, and the piano-led "Never Gonna Love Again" certainly doesn't disappoint in the overblown and overwrought department. But despite its occasional lapses into schmaltz and generic R&B, Heavy Rotation is still a charming and versatile record that has her unmistakable voice and personality stamped all over it.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2008
Label: Mercury Uk
UPC: 0602517873070
catalogNumber: 1787307
Rank: 52439

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anastacia   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Lester Mendez   Guitar,Keyboards
Sharlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
Greg Suran   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Brandon Thomas   Guitar
Jason Pennock   Bass,Guitar
Tiffany Villareal   Background Vocals
Jen Kuhn   Strings,Cello
Blair Sinta   Drums
Ne-Yo   Background Vocals
Charlean Carmon   Background Vocals
Jamie Jones   Background Vocals
Sonus Quartet   Strings
ReVaughn Brown   Background Vocals
Ed Clark   Drums
Theresa Bailey   Background Vocals
Sherree Brown   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Louis Biancaniello   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Recording
Bill Malina   Engineer,Vocal Recording
Lester Mendez   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Rodney Jerkins   Producer
Joel Numa   Engineer
D. Sharpe   Composer
Sam Watters   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Recording
Paul Foley   Engineer
Gerry Brown   Vocal Recording
David Massey   Executive Producer
Anastacia   Composer,Executive Producer
Damon Sharpe   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Recording
Andrew Frampton   Programming,Producer
J.R. Rotem   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Ne-Yo   Producer
Tom Syrowski   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Greg Ogan   Engineer
Heavyweights   Programming,Producer
Chuck Harmony   Producer,Engineer
Geno Regist   Engineer

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