Text by Sujith Kumar for Hype magazine
Anastacia is a curiosity. The US-based human foghorn has enjoyed success internationally but not in her own country. She has battled Crohn’s disease, depression, and, more recently, breast cancer, to become a star very much in tune with her emotions.
Recently married and newly signed to Mercury Records, Anastacia’s fourth outing, Heavy Rotation, is lighter than her previous releases. She said the album was called Heavy Rotation because “life can be heavy, but it all turns around and goes into something else.” The end product is an ambitious effort that aims to please too wide an audience and comes across as undisciplined and messy. “Never Gonna Love Again” and “Heavy Rotation” are stand-outs.
With clichéd lyrics and sometimes overpowering vocals, the album needs some getting used to, but contains searing moments of brilliance that make it worth the listen.
2.5/ 5 stars
01. I Can Feel You
02. The Way I See It
03. Absolutely Positively
05. In Summer
06. Heavy Rotation (Sample)
07. Same Song
08. I Call It Love
09. All Fall Down
10. Never Gonna Love Again (Sample)
11. You’ll Be Fine