ANA POPOVIC – TRILOGY
Release Date: Jul 17, 2016
℗ 2016 artisteXclusive records
- Love You Tonight
- She Was a Doorman
- Show You How Strong You Are
- Train (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
- If Tomorrow Was Today
- Long Road Down
- Hook Me up (feat. Robert Randolph)
- Too Late
- You Got the Love
- Johnnie Ray
- Woman to Love
- Let’s Do It Again (feat. Al Kapone & Cody Dickinson)
- Who’s Yo’ mama?
- Crying for Me
- New Coat of Paint
- Waiting on You
- In a Sentimental Mood
- Old Country
- Waiting on You (Double-Time Swing)
- Heaven’s Crying
- You Don’t Know What Love Is
Just when I suspect I’m going to explode if my internal monologue throws forth the words ‘Good God’ in finest James Brown voice one more time, it starts coming out of my mouth at volume.
But these accompaniments to Ana’s sensational three albums in one, are delightfully unavoidable. Trilogy is a truly majestic collection of cross genre sensations, certain to please each and every ear. The jazz juggling, the floods of funk, the saturation of soul and riffs that would bleed the fingers of we mere mortals, blend together into an incredible and astonishing journey of no less than twenty-three songs. All of which are amazingly diverse and ultimately provide a supremely satisfying experience.
The first of three journeys in Morning is littered with musical, vocal and instrumental highlights, many of which sizzle to the surface on subsequent spins. This really is the gift that just keeps on giving. Tracks like Love You Tonight and She Was A Doorman are utterly brilliant in quality, complexity and sequencing. These two bring the listener an immediate feeling of pride and self-righteousness, truly blessed of wisdom in purchase of this collection. The amazing Joe Bonamassa provides his superb skills on Train ensuring in typical style that this song will never be too far from your playlist. The urge to repeat this track several times before proceeding is almost irresistible.
Travelling through the first movement you cannot help but feel the sensual swagger and transfer those sensations to your own persona, in step, sway and attitude. The music absolutely saturates you, moves through you and leaves you blissfully altered. I’m quite certain Hook Me Up was being sung to me personally, despite the contributions from Robert Randolf. The guitar solos throughout this track bring the atmosphere to life in the most remarkable way. Amazing.
Too Late is again righteously riff ridden, but ebbs and flows like a soft ocean sway bringing about a finale to Morning.
Then the mood alters swiftly and superbly as you are thrown into Midday with You Got The Love. If you were enjoying a sleep in through Morning, by Midday you are well and truly awake. This amazing track brings true life to the second movement and genuinely leaves you trembling with excited anticipation of what may follow. Rock n roll meets R&B with so much soul sweetening the deal. Sensational. Extremely clever placement of Johnny Ray ensures that the listener is reminded that this is a diverse journey, and collectively the entire work is an amazing representation of Ana’s amazing skill and capability. Woman To Love sends the listener soaring again but in a very alternate fashion to the former. Johhny Ray is a tremendous track in its own right, but clears the musical palate between the former and subsequent offerings, thereby providing an extraordinary experience in just the first three tracks.
Then we do it all again with Let’s Do It Again followed by the blistering style of Whose Yo Mamma which will have you grinning from ear to ear in excitement, back arched and head nodding as you pluck to the pace in accompaniment on air guitar. Unbelievable. The track sequencing is truly superb and provides for an unrelenting string of pleasing surprises and exciting experience. And Wasted leaves you wondering how many guitar strings made it through the rough treatment. But what a way to go. Wow.
New Coat Of Paint brings swinging into Midnight. Here comes Ana in brand new styling as she demonstrates skill and introduces her traditional fans to her command of the jazz genre. And command is the only word I can muster to adequately describe her work on the third movement. Waiting On You will have your toes tapping in musically and your heart reminiscing, but in case you get too comfortable with that version, Ana breathes swing into the same track later in the set and to a pacier beat.
This collection from Ana Popovic is an incredibly moving musical experience and a tremendous testament to her superiority as a true artist and creator. This marvellous masterwork will bring bewildered glee to her past fans and bring hordes of new followers to bear witness to her magnificence.