Annie Don't Stop
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- by Kylie Minogue ~ Kiss Me Once [Deluxe Edition] (CD + DVD) ~ $19.74
- Released: November 2, 2009
- Label: Smalltown Supersound
Rolling Stone - p.1193.5 stars out of 5 -- "The music remains rapturous and cheeky. The rowdy drum chant 'Hey Annie' dialogues with an imagined fan base."
Spin - p.80"DON'T STOP boasts gleaming dance-pop production from first-album collaborators Richard X and Timo Kaukolampi..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1013 stars out of 5 -- "The cutesy vocals on 'I Don't Like Your Band' and Loco's high gloss production are tailored for mass appeal."
Paste (magazine) - "[W]ith the haunted orchestral fog of 'Marie Cherie.' It's an inspired recasting of Annie's wispy voice..."
Pitchfork (Website) - "Her demure yet sassy voice is flattered by the production team's efforts on the zippy 'My Love Is Better' and the cutesy 'Heaven and Hell'..."
- 1.Hey Annie
- 2.My Love Is Better
- 3.Bad Times
- 4.Don't Stop
- 5.I Don't Like Your Band
- 6.Songs Remind Me Of You
- 7.Marie Cherie
- 8.Take You Home
- 9.The Breakfast Song
- 11.When the Night
- 12.Heaven and Hell
Annie ran into some obstructions on the way to the release of her second album. Don't Stop was supposed to come out on Island well over a year before it was finally issued on Norway's Smalltown Supersound; Island had gone as far as releasing "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me" as a single and video, as well as a cover of Stacey Q's "Two of Hearts" as a promotional single, but Annie and Island split, and Don't Stop finally surfaced with a different track list that included neither "Girlfriend" nor "Hearts." As on Anniemal, Don't Stop contains some of the catchiest, most clever dance-pop in circulation, highlighted by the fizzy "I Don't Like Your Band," one of three songs produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Florence and the Machine). Nearly as ensnaring as "Chewing Gum," Annie's taunting, attitudinal wordplay is in top form, with "It's not you, it's your tunes" closely followed by a pointedly insincere-sounding "I feel bad." The collaborations with Xenomania (five songs), Timo Kaukolampi (three), and Richard X (one) aren't as powerful, however, with a good handful of their songs no match for Anniemal's weaker moments. The worst of all, "The Breakfast Song," has a chorus and call-and-response that resemble a flabby M.I.A. parody. [Some copies came with a bonus disc, the All Night EP, which included "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me" and some other material that originally leaked prior to the album's release.] ~ Andy Kellman
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