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Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II

Anya Marina

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Album Review

With her Joey Lauren Adams voice, sex-kitten strut, and confident pop/rock melodies, Anya Marina sounds fairly grown up on her major-label debut. 2004's Miss Halfway found her pitching a batch of bedroom-folk melodies atop acoustic guitar chords, but Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II owes its energy to the dancefloor rhythms created by producer Brian Karscig (of the raunchy rock act Louis XIV), whose influence helps boost Marina's confidence and volume. She remains rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, meaning she writes for the discerning listener rather than the oversexed club attendee, yet Marina nevertheless welcomes elements of glammed-up rock into the album's best songs. "Afterparty at Jimmy's" builds its foundation on electric guitar and booming snare hits, with Marina's snarky commentary on the SoCal hipster lifestyle ("So you say you've got a band? Mmm! Three parts Kinks and one part the Jam?") providing the snarky icing on the cake. Several tracks earlier, "Move You (SSSPII)" opens the disc with soft croons before careening into stomp-clap percussion and quick harmonies, while "All the Same to Me" pairs thudding drums with neo-jazz instrumentation. Anya Marina sounds coolly cocky throughout, whether she's asserting her dominance over an intended partner ("one of these days, you'll be falling for the least of my moves") or speaking Spanish during a cover of "Waters of March (Águas de Março)." This may not be the same girl who bemoaned her average-ness in Miss Halfway's title track, but the new Marina is much more fun.

Biography

Born: Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With the release of her 2005 debut, Anya Marina reinvented herself as a modern-day Renaissance woman: actress, comic, disc jockey, and quirky songwriter. Marina was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a town she eventually left in order to pursue acting in California. After appearing in the film 100 Girls (a role that required her to shave her eyebrows), she replaced her film aspirations with radio. She decamped...
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  • $17.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: 19 January 2009

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