A good 10 years after her first solo LP, Annika Henderson of Exploded View fame has created the perfect album. One that is great from start to finish and steeped in the scope of human emotion. Change combines goth disco© (“Critical”, “Rights”) and synth stompers (“Finger Pies”, “Naysayer”) with eerie, haunting songs (“Sand Witches”, “Freedom”) and heartfelt melancholia (“Change”, “Never Coming Back”, “Wait For Something”). The tracks are gloomy yet catchy and with its industrial feel and Anika’s Nico-esque voice the album sounds both moody and empowering. The title track “Change” and my personal favourite “Never Coming Back” in particular have me in awe of her songwriting abilities and pop sensibility. Anika has written an album that contrasts darkness and hope and brilliantly covers a broad range of sentiments. It's an experimental synth pop masterpiece that deserves to be heard by a much wider audience.
STAFF COMMENTSMine says: It's been a while! Anika is back and I'm sure everyone who's enjoyed her outings with Exploded View will dig her (equally dark and moody) solo stuff too. Very excited about this one!
1. Finger Pies
5. Sand Witches
6. Never Coming Back
9. Wait For Something