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Album Review

On her American debut, Thinking Room, Anika Moa comes across as a gentle, mannered Jewel, which is hardly a bad thing, especially since it results in an album that is more consistent than Jewel's own debut, Pieces of You. The problem is, the record may be a little bit too mannered and even-handed. It flows easily and is certainly pleasant, thanks to her unhurried delivery, sweet voice and relaxed sense of melody, all given a mildly folky, mature pop foundation. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, especially since it results in a record that is measuredly enjoyable, but nothing quite stands out over its ten songs, due to the sameiness in production and Moa's delivery, which never emphasizes any particular song. There's enough here to suggest Anika Moa has talent and much is enjoyable, but it would have been better if Thinking Room had asserted itself occasionally instead of keeping a steady hand from beginning to end.


Born: 21 May 1980 in Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

At 21, Auckland-born Anika Moa is the first unknown New Zealand artist to ever be signed to a major label (Atlantic). Not a bad start for the Christchurch-raised singer/songwriter who not long ago performed at the Smokefree Rockquest competition. On the back of her single Youthful, the label debut Thinking Room (recorded in New York with Victor Van Vugt) hit number one in her homeland, for which the song "Falling in Love...
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Thinking Room, Anika Moa
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  • £7.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative, Singer/Songwriter
  • Released: 05 March 2002

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