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anya marina: slow & steady seduction phase II (2009)
February 4, 2009, 3:07 pm
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Anya Marina
Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II •••½

If the R&B-esque title of Anya Marina’s second album Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II inspires unease and provokes expectations of mushy love songs – even dreaded power ballads – you’d be let off for bracing your ears for an album full of ‘Steamy Windows’-style late ’80s retreads, in which case the folky tones of the LA-based radio DJ will come as a pleasant surprise. The breathy, finger-picked acoustic intro to opener ‘Move You’, the first single to be lifted from the album, gently acquaints you with her soft yet gravel-touched vocals, before frivolously changing gear to a funky folk-rock infusion that, as the lyrics insist that it must, certainly commands the feet.

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