Release Date: Oct 27, 2008
Record label: Universal
Genre(s): Rock, Dance, Pop
Far more successful in the U.K. than in her native America, big-voiced Anastacia's self-professed sprock sound has helped her first three albums to sell over a million copies each. Her self-titled previous record was her biggest to date, thanks to a harder-edged sound that often recalled the dramatic rock/pop of Evanescence. However, Heavy Rotation, her first studio album in nearly five years, tones down the guitars in favor of a more eclectic collection of songs that take in everything from glossy soul-funk to acoustic pop and even techno.
This has been a busy four years for Anastacia, since the release of her chart-topping (in the UK and Europe) third album: she has switched record labels, married her English bodyguard and, according to recent interviews, discovered her female side. All these events have had their impact on Heavy Rotation. Her new label, Mercury, hopes she will finally achieve the American success that has eluded her, so here are collaborations with Ne-Yo, Guy Chambers and Rodney Jerkins, Stevie Wonder-style soul-funk (Absolutely Positively), Amy Winehouse retro-pop (Same Song) and 1990s hi-NRG dance (the title track).