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Well, I can tell now that she was very wrong. I speak for myself, of course, but also for all the comments I'm reading about it. It was very difficult to keep surprising after her 4 brilliant albums, EPs and so many great collaborations. A perfect set of works, where it seemed everything was said and she couldn't add anything more: Love, gender, sorrow, death, life, feminism, ecocide, and so on... Lots of artists would repeat these successful songs and its topics, just with some small changes, an album after another. But not Anohni. She wanted to evolve, a true change, explore her possibilities and always moving forward. We only know two songs from “Hopelessness” at the moment, but I can say that she has achieved her goal. She has surprised me and moved me to tears again, as she has done since her first album.
I must confess that I was a bit puzzled by the idea of a dance/electronic music album, but I trusted her and she hasn't disappointed me at all. Electronic music is there, softly embracing the powerful voice of Anohni. The dance rhythm is also in “4 Degrees” (not so much in “Drone Bomb Me”), but right now I can't think about dancing, I just can listen. That's not music for a nightclub, it is something else!
The announced sharp teeth are in those two songs, of course, but also her deep tenderness. Her anger is channeled through the love for animals in “4 Degrees” and the love to children in “Drone Bomb Me”. Both are awfully sad songs, but so beautiful at the same time! I think her biggest leap forward has taken place in the political aspect. Anohni clearly expresses her rage and she doesn't just accuse to main perpetrators of wars and ecocide, she also refers to her own responsibility and ours too. I can't stop thinking how will be the lyrics of songs like "Obama", "Execution" or “Violent Men"... All “Hopelessness” titles are so intriguing!
And what can I say about the video? It's absolutely heartbreaking! It’s also dark and minimalist, because the topic doesn't allow frivolities. Naomi looks gorgeous, but what really matters is the expression on her face and her heartfelt tears. Anohni's voice coming out from her lips gives me an indefinable but pleasant feeling; it’s like things are fitting perfectly. The choreography seems to me like some kind of landscape after a bombing, the dancers evoke me wounded bodies, amputees...
“Drone Bomb Me” is unfortunately a sad reality nowadays, when so many human beings are bombarded by these drones. They are fleeing their homes and are thrown into the Mediterranean Sea to die in front of our touristic beaches. And when the "lucky ones" reach the shore, are locked up in concentration camps where they are dying of hunger, cold and disease, neglected by governments of this civilized Europe where they ask for political asylum. I am ashamed of being partly to blame!!!
You could analyze so much! I'm not a music critic, and my English is very poor for all I want to say... To summarize, Anohni has done it again! She is a genius!
I'm really looking forward to see Hopelessness live! Barcelona and London are in my dreams right now.
Last Edited By: Rosa Blackstar Mar 13 16 10:19 AM. Edited 1 time