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Album review: Don't Stop by Annie

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:56 05 October 2010

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NORWEGIANS aren t known for being particularly cutting edge, let s face it A-Ha were about as edgy as a satsuma, but Annie s new album Don t Stop really captures the zeitgeist. The cool-pop poster girl even calls her style pop with strange edges and hea

NORWEGIANS aren't known for being particularly cutting edge, let's face it A-Ha were about as edgy as a satsuma, but Annie's new album Don't Stop really captures the zeitgeist.

The cool-pop poster girl even calls her style "pop with strange edges" and headlined the inaugural night of Wonky Pop when it started as a small weekly party at Cargo in Shoreditch last year and has since gone onto a residency at superclub Matter.

Don't Stop is the second album from Annie, who grew up in Norway's music capital Bergen, after her 2005 offering Anniemal and its lead single Chewing Gum stood her teetering on the brink of stardom.

The record's mixture of catchy pop hooks, beats and singalong choruses teamed with Annie's penchant for a bit of twisted darkness make it both mainstream and underground at once.

Annie is clearly a woman of extremes. As her press release points out, she named her cat Joey after her favourite Ramone and her favourite New Kid on the Block.

Don't Stop by Annie is out on Smalltown Supersound Records on Monday, October 19.


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