Anneke Van Giersbergen - Drive
I think Anneke Van Giersbergen has done enough now with her solo career to warrant not mentioning her previous band, so I won't. Having finally settled on an identity (her own), Drive is another rocking collection of exuberant, intelligent rock songs. Sharp, snappy stories are delivered with feeling and a wit now expected of her, all nicely balancing an ear for a smart tune with a sense of urgency to get people's heads and feet going.
But what lifts Drive above most is that voice... Anneke has a voice that I could listen to all day (and I have done), one full of melody, power and emotion as she makes you laugh, wonder and cry with such consummate ease. Last year's Everything Is Changing means so much to me personally that Drive was always going to struggle to live up to that, and whilst I do think this is a less complex record it is still a highly enjoyable and fun listen.