In 1999, Annie and her boyfriend/producer, Erot , made a slippery-sexy single called &"The Greatest Hit." Though it came out of Norway, it sounded more than a little American, sampling Madonna 's &"Everybody" while also echoing the nonchalant ecstasy of Patrice Rushen 's &"Forget Me Nots." It didn't take off, at least not in the traditional sense. It floated around the underground, saw release on labels in different territories, and eventually became a pseudo-secret smash. Within a couple years, dancers and DJs in a few countries began to wonder what became of Annie . Erot 's life was claimed by a heart defect in 2001; his partner, quite understandably, went quiet for a while. She picked herself up, took a very active role in the Bergen, Norway, music community, and recorded Anniemal with production help from Richard X , Röyksopp , and Op:L ****** ' Timo Kaukolampi . &"The Greatest Hit," thankfully reprised here, is indicative of the album as a whole, bursting with sparkling melodies (often spiked with just a hint of melancholy) over mostly danceable rhythms that are either wholly modern or mischievously referential to early-'80s club hits ( Tom Tom Club , the Human League , Arthur Russell 's Dinosaur L ). Annie 's voice might be a little thin, but that's no real factor when it's so sweet and likable. The topics -- teasing, aching, longing -- aren't unfamiliar, yet they're often dealt with in a clever manner. Take &"Chewing Gum," in which a dumped boy gets sort of objectified and verbally slain at the same time ("You think you're chocolate when you're chewing gum"), or &"The Greatest Hit," containing the most foolproof come-on you could ever give a record geek ("C'mon, baby, you're my greatest hit"). As cunning as it is, Anniemal is also deeply affecting. &"Heartbeat" is the least resistible of all, glowing with anticipatory pulses, tremulous sighs, and quivering electric piano vamps. [A Japanese version included bonus tracks.] ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
- Pop, Dance-Pop, Alternative Dance
- September 21, 2005
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