What You Need To Know - July 22, 2021

Anne-Marie's Therapy - What You Need To Know
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Anne-Marie's Therapy - What You Need To Know

After going supernova with her 2018 debut Speak Your Mind, Anne-Marie finally unveils the follow-up, Therapy, this week. Here is everything you need to know about it...


A little background…

The campaign for Anne-Marie Nicholson’s Speak Your Mind went absolutely swimmingly. It handsomely both here and in the US, yielded seven singles and took the singer all the way from part-time work with Rudimental to arenas in her own right. 

In the time in between, she'd kept fans happy with one-off tracks and collaborations as well as branching out into TV with her spell as a judge on ITV's hit reality show, The Voice. 

Speaking about her plans for the album in interviews, the singer called sessions for the new record "...some sort of therapy with my own brain for a week", it's a concept she's carried right through...


Who’s producing it?

It’s a lengthy and star-studded list. Key among them are Digital Farm Animals, who helped Dua Lipa write ‘Be The One’ and Rita Ora pen ‘Anywhere’, TMS, whose recent credits include Little Mix, Maroon 5 and Gorgon City, and Norwegian maestro Fred Ball, whose penned big hits with Eminem and Zara Larsson. 

Elsewhere you’ve got appearances from Mojam, Grades, Camille Purcell, and little-known hitmakers Ed Sheeran and Max Martin. 


Any special guests?

Loads. Rapper KSI is on ‘Don’t Play’, while rising stars Nathan Dawe and MoStack guest on 'Way Too Long'. Nicholson's long-term collaborators Rudimental are on 'Unlovable' and Niall Horan duets with the singer on hit 'Our Song'. 


What does it sound like?

Given Nicholson’s array of producers and range of guests, you’d be correct in expecting a diverse record. She skips from R&B to dancehall to bubblegum pop to UK garage without missing a beat. 

What unites the record, rather than anything sonic, is its lyrics. This is a far more personal and far more confessional. There are still hints of the brash artist who put out 2018’s Speak Your Mind, but it’s a part of a bigger package. 


Does it deliver?

If you’ve been following the singles in the lead-up to this record, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect, a genre-hopping ride packed full of big choruses. 


Anne-Marie’s Therapy is out now in hmv stores and available here in hmv’s online store.

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