Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
With her Joey Lauren Adams voice, sex-kitten strut, and confident pop
ock melodies, Anya Marina sounds fairly grown up on her major-label debut. 2004's Miss Halfway found her pitching a batch of bedroom-folk melodies atop acoustic guitar chords, but Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II owes its energy to the dancefloor rhythms created by producer Brian Karscig of the raunchy rock act Louis XIV, whose influence helps boost Marina's confidence and volume. She remains rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, meaning she writes for the discerning listener rather than the oversexed club attendee, yet Marina nevertheless welcomes elements ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
With her Joey Lauren Adams voice, sex-kitten strut, and confident pop
ock melodies, Anya Marina sounds fairly grown up on her major-label debut. 2004's Miss Halfway found her pitching a batch of bedroom-folk melodies atop acoustic guitar chords, but Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II owes its energy to the dancefloor rhythms created by producer Brian Karscig of the raunchy rock act Louis XIV, whose influence helps boost Marina's confidence and volume. She remains rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, meaning she writes for the discerning listener rather than the oversexed club attendee, yet Marina nevertheless welcomes elements of glammed-up rock into the album's best songs. "Afterparty at Jimmy's" builds its foundation on electric guitar and booming snare hits, with Marina's snarky commentary on the SoCal hipster lifestyle "So you say you've got a band? Mmm! Three parts Kinks and one part the Jam?" providing the snarky icing on the cake. Several tracks earlier, "Move You SSSPII" opens the disc with soft croons before careening into stomp-clap percussion and quick harmonies, while "All the Same to Me" pairs thudding drums with neo-jazz instrumentation. Anya Marina sounds coolly cocky throughout, whether she's asserting her dominance over an intended partner "one of these days, you'll be falling for the least of my moves" or speaking Spanish during a cover of "Waters of March Águas de Março." This may not be the same girl who bemoaned her average-ness in Miss Halfway's title track, but the new Marina is much more fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2009
  • Label: Chop Shop Records
  • UPC: 075678970818
  • Catalog Number: 515780
  • Sales rank: 87,162

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anya Marina Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Susannah McCorkle Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Tony Lash Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Scott Russo Arranger, Producer
Britt Daniel Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Ben Hasdovic Engineer
Jason Hill Producer
Brian Karscig Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Anya Marina Arranger, Composer
D. Dominique Nieto Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love her!

    Most of the time, I'm not a fan of female artists, but I love Anya Marina. Her music is so unqiue and original. I loved it from the first time I heard it. Anya Marina is an amazing singer and songwriter and this album proves it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Anya Marina's Highly Anticipated Sophmore Album Move You

    This 12-track full-length album is filled with infectious pop/rock sounds with a slyly, sexy rock vocals. Anya Marina's second album has her vocalize more and more upbeat than her first album. Less "lullaby-by-baby" feel of the first album and more of a "Okay what do you do now" feeling. The album is a sutiable album for those of a college rock fan. A great album to start the new year with.<BR/> <BR/> Move You the first track of the album is a great way to start this album. The sounds and lyrics summarize what to expect in the album. Sexy, pop/rock catchy melodies. <BR/> All the Same To Me is a song of content, and danceable acoustic rock soundings. This track is an introduction of the new vocalizing Anya Marina. <BR/> Cut It Out's a filty song of fooling around and wanting to stop. This song can get from humourous to intimate. <BR/> Afterparty At Jimmy's is the most rock-based song in the whole album. This song is remembrant to the works of Liz Phair and Imani Coppola. <BR/> Drop Dead Blues, the song right after Afterparty At Jimmy's the transition from rock-based melody to bluesy-rock melody is confusing but the lyrics says it all for the quick transition. <BR/> Vertigo is not a U2 cover song! This is an authentic original by Anya Marina. This track with very catchy tunes and catchy pop vocalization. <BR/> Lullaby For A Realist is the shortest song of the whole album and it has a lullaby feel to the song but is a boaderline between slow sweet song and slow loud song. <BR/> Two Left Feet is a great song with that high school feel in the melody. Nice beats for all ages. <BR/> Waters of March (Águas de Março) is Anya Marina's first biligual song. An achievement for the San-Diego based singer.A sweet sultry song for lovers. <BR/> In Not A Through Street she doesn't involve vocalization in this song she adds a echo low-fi sound of her voice in where vocalizing would be. <BR/> Cowboy an Anya Marina live classic song now on her new album. <BR/> High On The Ceiling a good ending song with the drum beats clapping in song, echo of high hit melodies and Anya Marina's sultry voice singing through it all.<BR/> Anya's Marina's Move You(Slow & Steady Seduction Phase II is a album that deserves more credit and recognition than it will get.

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