You’ve got to feel sorry for Vanessa circa 2000 – an extraordinarily gifted vocalist with the world at her feet, reportedly trapped in a contract with a record company that was going nowhere following the release of her debut “The Power”.
That debut contained a mismatch of genres – from the angsty-rock of “Have A Look” to the dance-pOp spectacular of “Absolutely Everybody” to the classic power ballad “Shine”. It was a No.1 hit in Australia and also saw Vanessa find massive fame in Germany. She was just 19.
Fast forward eight years and with a new look, new manager, and a new sound, she stands ready to once again conquer the globe with that same extraordinary voice she was revered for.
Hidden within the trademark clean, instantly recognisable Pierre Baroni artwork (though a spell-checker on the inner and back sleeves might not have gone astray), lies the body of work which with great vocal assurance, announces Vanessa’s re-arrival into our musical psyche.
The album opens with “Start It”, a track the 7 Network is using in advertisements for it’s AFL coverage. Like a strong bloody mary, it’s the perfect heart-starter for what’s to come.
Aptly titled second single Perfect, which is ensconced in the Aussie top ten as we write is pretty much the ‘perfect’ pOp song with killer hooks, chorus and a sensational video clip to boot;
The title track showcases the incredible range and power this woman possesses, the vocal strength here alone all but ripping the speakers out of the wall. Similarly the first single, Kiss Your Mama.
It’s far less pOppy than her 2000 debut LP, but it’s strong, it’s assured and marks the long-overdue but very welcome return of one of Australia’s finest singers.
AUSTRALIA – OUT NOW
UNITED STATES – TBA
JAPAN – TBA
UNITED KINGDOM – TBA