Side Stage Review: Annie Minogue
Annie Minogue's powerful alto has prompted comparisons to many, but grace slick might be the best reference. Minogue has a robust lower register, but her sensibility as a songwriter and singer is less pop and more rock. Minogue has made an impression in japan but is still looking to get established stateside. Her gig early friday evening at the leinie lodge was very much a get-acquainted outing, but she appeared to make the most of it. The songs are largely anthems of relational dysfunction related in a clarion fashion. In those terms, they seem to work well. Minogue also did one obvious thing that young rock acts are sometimes loath to do. She introduced herself and her songs so the crowd would know what to ask for at the music store. - Dave tianen milwaukee journal sentinel july 7, 2001 summerfest
She's shared the stage with the Cowboy Junkies, Shane Macgowan and Bad Company's Paul Rodgers, to name a few. Her poppy rock and roll recalls the most infectious work by Alanis Morrissette, Sarah Mclachlan and pat benatar. We're talking about former ghost of a god lead singer Annie Minogue (no relation to kylie, as far as we know). Minogue, based in new york, makes her summerfest debut this year and it looks to be our chance to get an early look at a future star. - Bobby Tanzilo onmilwaukee.Com
Annie Minogue - one of the best female singer/songwriters that has ever come through the l.A. Music Awards pipeline, this rising young star is poised to make a huge impact in the music marketplace. Annie Minogue writes hit oriented material that is pleasing to the ears with intelligent lyrics that have very strong hooks in the choruses. Her live performances exude star power that few can match. Her first full length release on indie label liberty place records has ten very well composed tunes on it. Annie's melodies are memorable with her strongest elements being her vocal performances. Her look is pure east coast, with big dark eyes and a soft feminine quality that is often lacking in much more hardened l.A. Artists who attempt to emulate the style that Annie Minogue seems to have perfected. On a scale of 1 to 10, the los angeles music awards selections committee give this album a 9 plus. - Al bowman - Rock City News
Singer songwriter Annie Minogue, former front-person for the now defunct Ghost Of A God, is stirring quite a buzz, and rightfully so. The dark haired vocalist commands a powerful punch of emotion and presence in both her recordings and live performances. Think Tori Amos, only more rock and less lilith, and you're half-there. Equally as impassioned, annie chooses a more direct path to the heart by way of guitars and rock-friendly beats. Backed by a crew of seasoned musicians, you're looking at a singer who could single handedly rescue radio from Britney and Christina's plastic girl grips. - Gigamerica.Com
Annie Minogue is one of my absolute favorite artists in the indie music world. From her extraordinary voice to her amazing talent for songwriting to her gift for beautiful music, she's everything i appreciate in an artist. Annie's music is unlike any other sound that i've heard, but contains a lot of familiarity. Her soulful vocals possess a hint of country roots, rock influence and folk-like passion. The songs on this album are all exemplary. It's been a while since i first heard this album, but the music seems as refreshing as it was the day that i first heard it. After hearing hundreds of artists drone on and on with typical pop songs, i am surprised to once again see myself completely satisfied with this amazing music.
I love just about every song on this CD and find it hard to pick just a couple to mention. 'Paper Doll,' 'I,' and 'Home' are some of my favorites. This album has the passion and purity that is expected from a seasoned singer/songwriter, and the pop sensibility of the best adult contemporary hit albums. It's no accident that i continue to keep coming back to this album. The music is not only the finest creation of art that i've heard in a long time, but definitely up to standards with anything mainstream. To be honest, it's far beyond those standards. This is art, pure and simple! Michael Allison - theglobalmuse.com
Minogue has proven herself to be a wonderful
singer/songwriter/producer who has been compared to other strong female
artists such as sarah mclachlan,
Alanis Morisette and Tori Amos. Her style is sensual as well as poetic
by bringing smartly crafted soft rock to the pulpit along with heartfelt
lyrics that are pure and real. Her music is warm and honest, it is poetic
and folkish with a pop edge and her voice illuminates beautifully over
every song. Tracks such as "Paper Doll" and "sorry for
goodbye" are deeply written ditties that are sung with such powerful
emotion that it could give you the chills and build goose-bumps on your
arms and bring tears to the eyes.
From first listen, i really loved Annie Minogue's material on Home. However, i was surprised by how soothed i was by this music, how familiar and comfortable it had become. More than anything else, the smooth, very pop sensibility started to take me away. It took me the same way that Kate Bush's material does. It made me feel wise and coursing as the wind.
Home has a series of fantastic, almost magical arrangements. Each song's production has something vaguely similar yet, distinct enough to allow you to realize how cohesive every track is within the whole. In my opinion, this makes the CD very listenable. Throughout the entire disc she has blended great drum programming with what sounds like a live drummer solidifying a strong beat/feel throughout. You will hear very tender, pristine acoustic guitar solos on "sorry for goodbye" mixed with big, flowing chunks of electric guitar. They layer together seamlessly adding to the overall ease of Annie's songs.
Annie's vocals are sexy and full of
melancholy, especially on track #4, "Home" which is currently in the running, along with "where
i used to sleep", for my favorite tune on this CD. Something just
hits me about Annie Minogue's release, Home. I highly recommend this
CD it is a truly great independent pop release.
Just a few notes and i wanted to write poetry, run out into the driving rain and stand poised at the edge of the world. What more can i say? Annie Minogue is pure vocal inspiration with that drenched, delicious, driving-with-the-top-down-wind-blowing-through-your-hair sense of freedom that rushes up from behind and catches your breath. Deep and full of soul, minogue's voice is at once gut-wrenchingly pleading and seeped with intense conviction. A testimony in lyrical integrity, Home combines an open-heart honesty with a feeling that can only be compared to waking up and wiping the sleep from your eyes. Annie's rich vocals and sensuous performance set her aside from other female artists today. Pamela Sapio - The Performing Artist Magazine
Annie's vocals are soulful as well as powerful. There's a hint of tori amos in her voice, but the song stands alone just fine. After one listen, you find yourself humming along with the chorus, which says volumes about her ability to craft a memorable song.
"Home", the title track, is another example of annie's ability to write a catchy hook, and has a more modern rock feel to it. Her vocals are slightly more aggressive in this song, but they never go overboard, meaning they're appropriate for the song. She goes from singing very softly to belting out the chorus without making it seem excessive...or forced.
In a time where women in rock are likely to be teenage latex-clad clones,
and cranked out by the dozen, it's nice to hear from someone who has
something substantial to offer. Annie Minogue has already had a few of
her songs appear in the songwriter's hall of fame showcase, and there
is no reason to think that she won't be able to secure her place as a
successful singer and songwriter ... Especially if she keeps writing
like this. - Steve C. - foundrymusic.com
Annie Minogue has been earning the acclaim of both critics and fans on the strength of her songwriting chops, a powerhouse voice, and a riveting stage presence. - James Wilcox, starpolish.com
As i watched annie sing "Paper Doll", i somehow sensed these lyrics were straight from her heart and of a relationship that still stings her soul. I also forgot that there was a reason for my attendance and the nikon around my neck yearned to capture this display of emotion.
When checking in at the conference,
i was given a two-disc compilation CD. After studying the various artists,
Minogue became a must-see
event for me. As the band played "Home", i only wished a larger
group of people could have shared this talented act that could very soon
break the ice between now and stardom.
Like Alanis, Minogue seems to be exorcising demons with her lyrics, but we all know how interesting that is for the listener. "I" is another contagious song while "Sorry For Goodbye" takes things down and is a wonderful showcase for her powerfully expressive vocals. The production is superb and the cover is intriguing! - Sue Nami - Live Magazine (June 2000)
For instance, the majority of upstart pop bands take a catchy, cliché tune, wear the trendiest clothing they can find from old navy, and try to etch out a name for themselves. Bands like this sing about love, fun, and the occasional sexual innuendo with a grin and a lot of choreography. That's not the case for Annie Minogue with her solo album Home. Her voice resonates with the power of Alanis Morissette, yet with less post-nasal drip in the throat.
Songs like "Home" and "Paper Doll" are powerful, graceful, and satisfy any ear hungry for beauty, talent, and intense, soulful lyrics. Produced by Leif Mases (who has worked with Led Zeppelin and Jeff Beck) and mixed by Peter Moshay (Mariah Carey, Hall & Oates), this album is a solid pop rock offering from top to bottom. Great hooks, echoing melodies, and a gentle-yet-powerful singer at the helm—fans of great female pop albums can't go wrong with this one. - Don Mahon staff writer - spinrecords.com
If i was to make any comparison to any other artists' styles, i'd have to say the title track puts me in mind of melissa etheridge, sans the raspiness. "I" is a real rocker as well that i can definitely see being a radio hit. "Sorry For Goodbye" is one of my favorite overall lyrics of the entire album, and "where i used to sleep"'s guitar/mandolin combo is a charmer. The album ends as subtly as it began, with the haunting beats of "inside". My only complaint would be that at seven songs, it ends too fast! It definitely left me wanting more. If you're intrigued, check out annie's website. - Dana Detrick - Serious Vanity Music
"A powerhouse vocalist whose smartly-crafted modern rock songwriting and Searingly emotional performances stand out in the crowded field of female Rock singers". - Dimitri Ehrlich, author of - Inside The Music
Tasteful, vibrating electric guitars and warm bass embellish rather than take the lead, leaving plenty of room for her soulful, impassioned voice. Someone's spent time producing here, and it shows. The recordings' sounds are clean, their beats have a dirty, vintage flavor, and minogue's performance is deadly accurate. Fans of alanis and tori, download now. - Kelly B. - Listen.Com