Anne
Power Exchange


3.5
great

Review

by Mr. Lean Mug USER (112 Reviews)
July 26th, 2012 | 14 replies | 2,416 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anne writes their best song yet, and further their case for being the cream of the crop of the shoegaze revivalists.

“Initially I didn’t like the song at all, though now it’s probably one of my favorite things we’ve done,” says Anne’s singer/guitarist David Lindell of “Power Exchange,” the title track of his group’s latest release on Run For Cover records. He goes on to state that in light of this that it “makes me believe I should not listen to myself.” How right he is.

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Anne is one of the few shoegaze revivalists carrying the torch alongside bands such as Whirr, No Joy, and Young Prisms. Their 2011 debut compilation LP, the stellar Dream Punx, was a bedeviling affair, as unfocused and unpredictable as it was sumptuous. It’s interesting to note that Dream Punx was released on A389 records, a predominately punk/metal label, which allowed it to stick out like a sore thumb. However, this garnered quite a bit of attention for the album, which featured re-mastered recordings of songs from Anne’s free mixtapes as well as two original songs. Power Exchange is a different beast altogether, one that finds Anne broadly expanding their sound and forging a new path for them to carry that torch on.

Upon first listen it’s easy to notice that for this EP Lindell’s vocals are set much higher in the mix than on Dream Punx or what is traditional for most shoegaze bands. “Power Exchange” saunters along setting the unsettling pace, replete with shimmering Cure-esque guitar lines, deep bass-y drum fills, and rich synth. Lindell has said that “Power Exchange” “was written more collaboratively than most of our other songs,” which pays off. The Goth-like music is accompanied by haunting verses, as Lindell sings to his better half “We made a suicide pact that you couldn’t go through with/And if you love me so much/You will do as I say/But I guess you don’t.” For anyone who has ever been on the giving or receiving end of such pressure to comply in a relationship, this complex emotional song is sure to strike a chord. “Power Exchange” is a mesmerizing look into the dynamics of an unhealthy coupling between people, and its message is as powerful as it is profound. It’s unfortunate that some of the wind is let out of the sails of the album as “Rings” comes out. While not necessarily a bad song, it pales in comparison to the brilliance of “Power Exchange,” and really is best served to make an example of a classic A-side/B-side record.

Overall, what Anne have here is a tauter, more focused affair than Dream Punx even if Power Exchange on the whole isn’t quite as good. The title track is sure to hook any fan of early Slowdive or even those who are into recent post-punk greats such as Broken Water. Though the future of their music may continue to be gloomy, for right now, Anne is the face of a normally faceless genre, and that is to be appreciated.



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Hep Kat
July 26th 2012



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is the second review on a row that mention the cure. it's official

i am now become goth

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2012



5906 Comments


Speak of The Cure, I never got over Faith.

Such a brilliant album.

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Hep Kat
July 26th 2012



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes yes the cure is good and such and so forth

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2012



23798 Comments


they played a three hour set at a music festival in Denmark I just went to but I barely watched any of it

Hep Kat
July 26th 2012



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you missed out son

you missed out hard

Hep Kat
July 26th 2012



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

uh you mean the other page for them that doesn't exist

FreePizzaDay
July 27th 2012



1526 Comments


I got a better idea how about we delete the page for that no name fuck from Argentina and cut the parenthesis bullshit altogether?

FreePizzaDay
July 27th 2012



1526 Comments


Sorry if that came off as angry, guys. I just hate one man projects from Argentina. My mom was killed by a one man project from Argentina and I act out.

KILL
July 27th 2012



70543 Comments


andcas is gay

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KILL
July 27th 2012



70543 Comments


andcas is queer

KILL
July 27th 2012



70543 Comments


andcas is homo

KILL
July 27th 2012



70543 Comments


andcas is a nonce

Hep Kat
July 27th 2012



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

derp: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Anne-%28Portland%2C-OR%29/34595/


i thought you were referring to the dude from argentina, my bizzy nigga

TheFonz123
July 27th 2012



2795 Comments


the cure have one of the all time best discographys so you can mention the cure all you want. To give some perspective, when a review says that a band is deeply influenced by the cure I immediately cop that shit so



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