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Aniday - 2014 Aniday

ARTIST: Aniday
ALBUM: Aniday
LABEL: Valentine Music Productions
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Maria Catherina - lead vocals, background vocals * Robby Valentine - keys, guitars, bass, choirs, samples * David Clarkson - drums * Paul Coenradie - lead guitar (5, 6, 8)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can't Take No More * 02 Hole In My Heart * 03 When Loving You Is Wrong * 04 Buscando La Vida * 05 Born Yesterday * 06 Gift Of Song (We Belong) * 07 Don't Fool With Me * 08 Dream On * 09 Not Much Of A Man * 10 Get Lucky * 11 Leave Me With Your Lies * 12 Lost The Way


The name Aniday may not be familiar to many people, but the name Robby Valentine most probably is. This is the debut album from this Dutch band and what makes this stand out is that Robby Valentine is all over it; he produces it, he plays pretty much everything on it and has written most of it along with his partner Maria Catharina who on lead and background vocals delivers a stunning performance. This is a project that is a showcase for Maria Catharina's vocal talents that runs alongside Robby's solo ventures, so fans of the Dutch maestro are in for a real treat and with his much delayed solo album appearing later this year there is much to look forward to if you are partial to his extraordinary talents. The band has already played a successful album launch party in Holland and hopefully more dates are planned.

The Songs
As befits any release that features Valentine, this album is big on production, choruses and arrangements and rather than be keyboard led, this is very much a guitar driven album with the keys playing a somewhat subdued role adding colour and texture to a set of songs that deliver instantly memorable melodies and has hooks aplenty. This is very much a modern, contemporary sounding rock album that lets vocalist Maria Catharina show off her vocal talents whether it be on out and out rockers such as 'Born Yesterday' or slow burning ballads 'When Loving You Is Wrong'. Stand out tracks for me are the eastern flavoured 'Buscando La Vida' which if anyone who has heard the Kerry Ellis/Brian May collaboration 'Dangerland' will know what I mean, this is an epic sounding track with a stunning arrangement and Maria Catharina giving it all on vocals, which I may add has a husky, raspy quality that lifts the album throughout and giving the whole project a edgy quality. The aforementioned 'Born Yesterday' is also a real stand out, which flies out the traps with thick, heavy guitars and a huge chorus. 'We Belong' has a chorus that could be lifted off any Valentine album which is surprising as this track is a Maria Catharina penned song, and at over 6 minutes long has plenty of room for some guitar histrionics from Paul Coenradie. There is even time for the band to lay down some blues and funk with the songs 'Not Much Of A Man' and 'Get Funky', while album closer 'Lost The Way' rounds off proceedings nicely with a catchy pop/rock song that with any justice would be gracing the charts worldwide. The quality is maintained throughout and there is not a weak track on the album. The production is excellent, a huge sound, layered, but never cluttered giving every instrument and voice space to breath and shine.

In Summary
Aniday have produced an album of first class melodic hard rock, which should appeal to not just Robby Valentine followers but also to a wider audience. It may be a little premature but I think this record is already nailed on to be one of the releases of the year. With the prevalence of female fronted rock bands is there room for another in an already crowded market? My answer to that question is unequivocally, yes. This is an outstanding release, and in Maria Catharina, a new vocal force to be reckoned with. To get hold of this album, the Aniday website and Robby Valentine's own site are the places to visit. Finally, Robby's solo album 'Bizzaro World' should be out later in the year.. appetite suitably whetted.

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#1 | Jez on April 16 2014 09:13:04
Got this last week and haven't stopped playing it...really really strong album and any Fan of Robby or just good music in general should put their £/$ on the table for this one.
#2 | Explorer on April 16 2014 10:04:40
A great album indeed Jez, Robby`s Bizarro world following shortly...a real feast for us Valentine fans.
#3 | roadrunner158 on April 17 2014 10:31:51
Ordered the CD without listening to soundbytes, purely based on this Review. So if it sucks, it's all your faultGrin
#4 | Explorer on April 17 2014 12:19:45
No pressure then eh!, I`m sure you`ll love it.
#5 | gdazegod on April 20 2014 12:31:02
This album could be huge!
#6 | Explorer on April 20 2014 16:43:03
On a related note, Robby last night premièred tracks from his forthcoming solo album, and yes, George this album is immense.
#7 | machoman on May 11 2014 13:30:01
Some of the songs were available in very different versions on Marlies "Delectrified" CD from 2007. Get funky was also on a cd single by Aniday. Both were available at Valentine's concert, but otherwise nearly impossible to find.
#8 | Explorer on May 12 2014 16:22:19
Managed to get hold of the Marlies 'Delectrified' a few years back... excellent it is too. Also,'Lost the way' was released as a single in 2009 and is the same version as on the album.
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