Released: Nov 11, 2008
Released By Hear Music
The youngest of four children, Anjulie grew up in the Toronto suburb of Oaksville, Ontario, raised by immigrant parents from Guyana – a South American nation culturally influenced by its Caribbean neighbors to the north. As a result, her household was filled with everything from Afro-Caribbean calypso, reggae, and South American Latin music, to the pop and rock emanating from her older siblings’ radios. The mélange has definitely influenced Anjulie’s debut – a sophisticated blend of indelible pop smarts, hip-hop edginess, and world-music spice, topped by Anjulie’s sultry vocal stylings that she created with her producers and songwriting collaborators Colin Wolfe, who has worked with Dr. Dre and Monica, and her longtime collaborator Jon Levine, keyboardist for Toronto’s funk-pop combo The Philosopher Kings.
The slinky opening track “Boom,” works a dark, Nancy Sinatra-esque ’60s vibe, while the sweet pop sophistication of “Love Songs” and “Day Will Soon Come” exhibit her personal and musical confessions come to life. Much like her contemporaries Nelly Furtado, Corinne Bailey Rae and Lily Allen, Anjulie is ready to carve out her own essential place in popular music with this versatile, confident, eclectic introduction.