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Album Review - Anika: Change (July 23, 2021)
It's been 11 long years since the release of the last solo album from Anika (Annika Henderson). The Berlin-based musician has described her new album Change as "...It’s a vomit of emotions, anxieties, empowerment, and of thoughts like—How can this go on? How can we go on?” . Throughout Henderson expresses feelings of anxiety and optimism simultaneously. This is perhaps because it was written in the vortex of a world that was in shock from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Sonically, Anika exhibits frenetic energy on the LP that matches the backdrop of it's inception. In a way, melodically it reminds me of some of Radiohead's earlier electronic works, or even Nine Inch Nails, but not as rock oriented. One aspect of the album that absolutely slaps are Anika's vocals. Classically exquisite, her vocals bring another dimension to the music that seems to calm the storm at times. There are other points on the album where melody and vocals move together in harmony as well, such as on the delightful "Change". There's a lot of diversity in sound from Anika on this release. Those that are fans of more electronically oriented alt music will be sure to love Change. Regardless, Anika ensures there's a little something for everyone on this release.
Rating - 3.5/5