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LAist Review: Annie - Don't Stop

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Norway's dance club mastermind Annie emerged on the music scene in 1999, with a Madonna-sampling bit of pop brilliance called "Greatest Hit" that created considerable underground buzz, which she capitalized on by spending... the next 5 years... recording her debut album. Despite the ominous overtones that usually accompany such obsessive tinkering, that record, Anniemal, was brilliant from start to finish, chock full of songs spanning various dance styles that felt shockingly new and warmly nostalgic at the same time. It earned her the slavish devotion of fans of perfectly crafted pop dance music, widespread critical acclaim, and several minor hits including the bittersweet "Heartbeat", and her amazing ass-shaking ode to the playgirl lifestyle, "Chewing Gum".

Things happened very quickly after that, at first. Annie's next project was a 2005 entry in the DJ-Kicks series. Her planned second album was due to drop in 2007. She even found time to help bring Datarock to the attention of a world that didn't realize what it was missing. The she came down with a bad case of her-record-label-is-a-dick syndrome and that, combined (one assumes) with habits formed during the making of album 1, put her second album plans on indefinite hiatus. As a result we've had to wait almost exactly 5 years until, fortunately, today, as Don't Stop, her long awaited sophomore record is, fracking finally, out.