4/5Instead of creating a big hype about the release of this album, much like her, Ladyhawke's 'Anxiety' was released quietly, allowing the music to do the talking.
With the help of Pascal Gabriel, who produced her self-titled debut album, the Masterton-born musician presents an exciting new offering. According to Ben Hogwood from OMH, Ladyhawke is "adding more leather to her wardrobe, donning some killer heeled boots and applying liberal doses of eyeliner".
I'm relieved that this album has taken a different direction in comparison to the last; 'Anxiety' shows inspiration from David Bowie rather than Fleetwood Mac, and I’m glad to see that Ladyhawke has moved in this upbeat funky direction exploring with synths, fuzzy guitar riffs and the impressive dash of organs, because she may have doomed herself under the One Hit Wonder section.
The opening track 'Girl Like Me' is unique, with groovy base lines and 60’s synthersizers setting the tone for the album. The lead singles 'Black White & Blue' and 'Anxiety' both feature kaleidoscopic melodies and a retro-modern feel - a brand new sound for Ladyhawke.
Needless to say there is plenty of pop among the ten-track playlist. 'Blue Eyes' is built around a simple yet dominant drum beat and the addictive hook of "nah nah's". The guitar solo definitely takes a stand with its seductive distorted effect.
'Cellophane' has to be my favourite and a contradictory for Ladyhawke as she has an apprehension towards ballads yet this track proves that she's nailed it.
The album very well demonstrates her insecurities, as the title suggests. Despite her previous hits, I'm excited for this new direction of sound. As an artist, it shows Ladyhawke is able to progress her sound while experimenting with what's out there and for that I salute her. You will not be disappointed.'Anxiety' is out now