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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Anastacia's sophomore outing, Freak of Nature, continues with the late-'80s bombastic funk/soul/pop revival ushered in by her debut, Not That Kind, but this time there's a few more ballads in the mix. Anastacia also leans more toward straightforward rock on this outing, while still maintaining the irresistible dance grooves that made her debut an international success. The album kicks off to a rocking start with the title track, which boasts a sinuous guitar solo reminiscent of "American Woman" and then leads into the soulful, bombastic rocker "Paid My Dues," a massive European hit. Other shining moments include the dramatic "One Day in Your Life," which follows the same...
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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Anastacia's sophomore outing, Freak of Nature, continues with the late-'80s bombastic funk/soul/pop revival ushered in by her debut, Not That Kind, but this time there's a few more ballads in the mix. Anastacia also leans more toward straightforward rock on this outing, while still maintaining the irresistible dance grooves that made her debut an international success. The album kicks off to a rocking start with the title track, which boasts a sinuous guitar solo reminiscent of "American Woman" and then leads into the soulful, bombastic rocker "Paid My Dues," a massive European hit. Other shining moments include the dramatic "One Day in Your Life," which follows the same formula as her previous hit, "I'm Outta Love," but better, with more soaring, epic vocals, and sounds like a rock version of a forgotten disco classic. The feel-good soul-funk vibe of "Don't Stop (Doin' It)" is a massive hit waiting to happen, and perfect for a breezy summer afternoon. When Anastacia slows down the tempo for the ballads (some organic and acoustic, some bordering on power ballads), she succeeds by utilizing her strong vocal chops without venturing into vocal histrionics. Reminiscent of Taylor Dayne at times, Anastacia successfully avoids the sophomore slump by delivering an album full of raw emotion, power, and musicality which manages to improve upon its predecessor. As a final note, the Destiny's Child-sounding "Why'd You Lie to Me" and the sassy "Don'tcha Wanna" both appear on the American version of Not That Kind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2001
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • EAN: 5099750475720
  • Catalog Number: 5047572

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anastacia Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Sharon Bryant Background Vocals
Danny Madden Background Vocals
Nicki Richards Background Vocals
Audrey Wheeler Background Vocals
Jeanie Tracy Background Vocals
Mark Russell Bass Guitar
Louis Biancaniello Keyboards
Denyse Buffum Viola
Chris Camozzi Guitar
Larry Corbett Cello
Shane Keister Piano, Hammond Organ
Joel Derouin Violin
Charles Everett Violin
Kirstin Fife Violin
Ruth Johnson Violin
Roland Kato Viola
Peter Kent Violin
Curtis King Background Vocals
Eric Kupper Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, talking drum
Paulette McWilliams Background Vocals
Chieli Minucci Acoustic Guitar
Maria Newman Violin
John Wittenberg Violin
Carol Steele Percussion
Susan Chatman Violin
Daniel Smith Cello
Edmund Stein Violin
Billy Mann Guitar, Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama Cello
Russ Desalvo Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards
Bob Peterson Violin
Sam Watters Background Vocals
Norm Hughes Violin
Richie Jones Percussion, Drums
Angela Fisher Background Vocals
Eve Butler Violin
Patrick Carroll Bass Guitar
Rob Bailey Electric Guitar
Lamenga Kafi Background Vocals
Jason Crosby Fiddle
Becky Bunnell Violin
Thomassina Atkins Background Vocals
Kemba Francis Background Vocals
Dameon Aranda Guitar
Dan Tobin Smith Cello
Roland Kata Viola
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
Louis Biancaniello Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Bob Cadway Engineer
David Campbell Arranger
Larry Corbett Principal
Joel Derouin Principal
Brian Gardner Mastering
Eric Kupper Arranger
Rick Wake Arranger, Producer
Russ Desalvo Arranger
Sam Watters Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Sheri G. Lee Art Direction
Dave Scheuer Engineer
Thomas R. Yezzi Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Recording
Pete Karam Engineer
Richie Jones Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Jim Annunziato Digital Editing
Patrick Carroll drum programming, Percussion Programming
Gary Montalvo Art Direction
Eric Sanicola Vocal Recording
Lisa Braudé Executive Producer
Roland Kata Principal
Sheri Lee Art Direction
David Paul Campbell String Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She got Bling Bling!

    What a voice! I can't wait for Anastacia to break big here like she did in Europe. She's a USA home girl with world wide appeal for R&B, Dance, Rock and Empowered Women Everywhere. It's good to see this new crop of women singers who can belt it out in such sincere form. Anastacia has captured my ear as much as Shakira or Alicia K. There's no pop fizzle with Anastacia, she'll be belting it out long after her belly button (may it never) slumps! Props to Anastacia who doesn't hide her Crohn's Disease from the world. We need more celebrities like her to come out with this illness and let the world know that IBD is a serious illness. Sing it loud! You are a pleasure and a half, Anastacia! I can't wait for you to break Stateside. It took a friend in Holland to turn this Minnesota woman onto your tunes. Soon the States will know what the world does. Anastacia is here to roar!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Stop Doin It!

    Hey people, Anastacia is here to stay! She paid her dues and she is ready to rock us again with another great cd! I love her to death and I wish she would hit it big in the U.S even though is is known world wide selling sooo many copies of her first cd! She is in the top 10 of best selling artists all over the world!!! Hello!! Anastacia has it all rock, pop, R&B a little country , just to fit every mood that your feeling, thats why I love her Albums! So take advantage of this girl and hear her roar, her voice will knock you over!

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    Posted February 13, 2010

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