Anne-Marie: Remedy evaluation – a missed alternative
Tlisted below are moments on Anne-Marie’s delayed follow-up to 2018’s hit-heavy, platinum-selling debut, Communicate Your Thoughts, the place she appears to virtually disappear. Entrance-loaded with visitors, from YouTuber-turned-rapper KSI to ex-One Directioner Niall Horan, and zigzagging throughout genres (entice, UK storage, MOR pop-rock, to call however three), Remedy typically feels unanchored; like a generic hits playlist on shuffle. Kiss My (Uh-Oh) has loads of enjoyable with a pattern from Lumidee’s 2003 hit By no means Depart You, however it’s utterly dominated by visitors Little Combine and their not inconsiderable vocals.
Even when the featured artists are producers, as on Rudimental collaboration Unlovable, it nonetheless seems like a music swiped from their very own album and bolted on right here for streams. It’s a disgrace, as a result of there are moments when Anne-Marie’s model of plain-spoken but weak pop shines by, particularly on the pensive Respiratory, which blooms into a stunning refrain, and the pulsating Higher Not Collectively.
The highs really feel fleeting, nonetheless. The title observe guarantees a lot however solely performs lip service to emotional soul-baring, whereas Ed Sheeran’s lyrical motifs dominate Stunning’s cloying makes an attempt at self-empowerment. A missed alternative to let a star shine.