• Album Review: Agua de Annique - Air (2007)

    22 Apr 2012, 16:08 by irisvanhoorn

    Agua de Annique - Air

    I bought this first solo album of Anneke van Giersbergen somewhere around the end of 2009 or first half of 2010, together with one of her other albums: In Your Room. I ordered them at her own webshop, so both of them are signed by Anneke, which is really cool! The album Air was released only a few months after she has left The Gathering, which was announced in June 2007. Actually I am not completely correct by calling this her "solo album", as the album is officially by Agua de Annique, the band she started right after her departure from The Gathering, which means "Water of Anneke" in Spanish or Portuguese (I'm not sure). In an interview she explains how she wanted to start a new band and came up with this name, but after a while she realized she actually started a solo career and changed it into: "Anneke van Giersbergen & Agua the Annique", which was not only a very long name, but also very confusing. …
  • Album Review: Agua de Annique - Pure Air (2009)

    18 Apr 2012, 05:31 by irisvanhoorn

    Agua de Annique - Pure Air

    My first introduction to the amazing singer Anneke van Giersbergen was by listening to this album. I bought it (somewhere in the first half of 2009) because of a recommendation of a webshop, which was based on some gothic metal albums I ordered earlier. I listened to some samples of the songs and was quite surprised about the recommendation, because this didn't sound like gothic metal at all! It reminded me a bit of the Dutch singer Mathilde Santing. Beautiful, soft, singer-songwriter music, a bit melancholic and very suitable to dream away on. Just by listening to the samples I was already quite impressed by the beautiful sound of her voice and decided to buy the album. Later I discovered the link between Anneke and gothic metal music. Pure Air is Anneke's second solo album since she left The Gathering in 2007, and it is the softest, most acoustic album she has ever made (up to now). …
  • Agua de Annique - Air [album review / my first impressions]

    20 Oct 2007, 16:52 by LE0_

    I am now hearing the album Air from Agua de Annique, and I will let you know my first immpressions...

    Beautiful One - [9.5]
    Very good music, and a candidate for the best in this album. Anekke's voice gives this music a melancholic atmosphere, like a cold sunset of autumn.

    Witnesses - [10.0]
    A smart rhythm. The lyrics are very interesting. Sounds to me with a little bit influence of industrial music, that does not have a melancholic atmosphere... maybe an agressive one.

    Yalin - [7.5]
    This track remembers me of 90's blues. Very good track. It makes me feel a little happy xD

    Day After Yesterday - [9.5]
    Another music that doesn't sound too melancholic. It's a good track to play (or not) when you break with your girlfriend =P... also, it sounds nostalgic... a good cadidate for the best?

    My Girl - [8.5]
    Another candidate (for me) to be the best of the album. It sounds a little sad, thought it has a faster rhythm compared with the previous tracks.