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Ani Lorak. Smile.

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Ani Lorak. Smile.

May be, I am wrong, but listening approximately to the second song recorded at this album you feel as if now Ani Lorak has finally determined the direction, in which she will continue to move on. And this direction is somewhere in the middle between a teen-age star and a pop-girl. Deliberate or not, this finding of the happy medium has evidently influenced the album sounding. It the sounding is rather balanced, suspended, assiduous, washed and shiny, put on high heels and turned to the sunset with its face. Personally I find it to be good, because generally speaking, the vocal potentialities of Ani Lorak allow her in full to have enough ambitions as for popularity, which may be wider than simply to be popular on the territory of Ukraine. Still, time will show if a European listener shares this opinion. Yes, a quiet one may share. Because I find this album to be a real without any exaggeration embodiment of musical recusancy. From which a particle "non" has been carefully crossed out finally, in our time, it is a very demonstrative state of affairs. Thats why it undoubtedly has every chance to be taken correctly.

Anton Jozhik Leyba (Hedgehog)

Publisher: Lavina Music
Year: 2005

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1.  Right Away Song text
lyrics: Nick Brovchenko
2. Mp3Smile Song text
lyrics: Pam Reswick
3. Mp3A Little Shot of Love Song text
lyrics: Pam Reswick
4. Mp3Car Song Song text
lyrics: Nick Brovchenko
5.  To be on Top Song text
lyrics: Nick Brovchenko
6.  Dont talk about love Song text
lyrics: Pam Reswick
7.  Untie Me Song text
lyrics: Nick Brovchenko
8.  Why Song text
lyrics: Tina Harris
9.  13 Song text
lyrics: Pam Reswick
10.  The Best Song text
lyrics: Chapman
11.  Tell Me (Rozkazhy) Song text
lyrics: Ani Lorak
12. Mp3I am Waiting (Chekaju) Song text
lyrics: Nick Brovchenko, Ani Lorak
  Bonus video
13.  Smile
14.  A Little Shot of Love
15.  Car Song

Fragments of the compositions marked with Mp3 mark are available for listening. How to listen?

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Reviews (35)

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  Oleh , Detroit / Munich, USA / Germany
06-11-2005 21:47

Rechi trohy nezvychni yak dlya Ani Lorak. Meni brakuye trohy lirychnosti, nizhnosti, yaki holos Ani Lorak tak dobre vmiye peredavaty (zhadaymo lyshen' "Ya vernus' "). Zahalom, za zahidnymy standartamy, albom - serednyachok, za ukr. mirkamy - tse, zvisno, proryv. Odnak, shchob dosyahnuty chohos' bilshoho treba robyty "bilshe"...

Pidozrili na hitovist', na moyu dumku, "Car Song" ta "Don't Talk About Love".

"Untie Me" duzhe nahaduye rosiys'ku Alsu i pisni brakuye hlybyny holosu "spravzhnoyi" Ani Lorak...

Odnak prydbaty albom obov'yazkovo varto!

  Fr@nkie , Berlin, Germany
06-11-2005 12:52

So here it finally is, the newest album of my favorite singer Ani Lorak. I knew for long that it would be an album mostly sung in English. Quite frankly, since Ruslana's Wild Dances remake of her gorgeous 2003 album i i I'd prefer Ukrainians not to sing in English, but the truth here is that Ani's English is pretty good. I never got ill feelings to hear her sing in that language, but why do Ukrainian artists do it at all? At first I suspected that it was targeting at the international market. Well sure, nobody would object to selling thousands of records in England or the US, but now I believe the reason is something else: It appears that an Ukrainian singer singing in English is more respected domestically than those who perform in Ukrainian or Russian language. Well, that's only speculation but appears to make sense to me.

When I finally received this disc I already knew three of the tracks, namely the preview single clips of "A Little Shot of Love", "Smile" and "Car Song". No doubt, Ani is going through a transition, and this album's style sees her singing harder than ever. Already "Smile" was clearly a true rocker, while the newer "Car Song" is more of a pop tune. Since 2002 Ani is affiliated with American songwriter Pam Reswick. She, together with American singer Taryn Murphy, signs responsible for four of the eleven songs on this CD. Reswick has composed for acts such as Aussie singers Tina Arena and Emmanuel Carella (whose vocal coach was Susie Ahern, another one of my great but unsung heroes!). The Reswick/Taryn team penned "A Little Shot" and "Smile" and thus took care of two of Ani's biggest successes (at least in Ukraine) in the most recent past.

But what about the whole album? After listening to it a few times I have to say that this CD is full of great tracks which are all very entertaining and qualified to become radio busters. I first heard the opening track "Right Away" and tracks #5 ("To Be on Top") and #6 ("Don't Talk About Love") at a concert I've seen of Ani in late May 2005 in . The latter is a great ballad, one of those tunes that gives me goose bumps. During the show Ani related that it has a personal background. Ani herself composed the music for no less but five songs herself, something which became evident only with her last release i . Interesting is track #8, a song called "Why". It's actually a cover version of the K-otic track "I Really Don't Think So", and it fits into Ani's repertoire pretty well. Track #11 is a live classic of Ani, which we all will know from Tina Turner: The Mike Chapman/Holy Knight composition "Simply The Best" is usually the closing of any concert I've seen of her in the last two years. I personally can't hear it anymore, but I have to give credit to a well-produced version offered here.

It may be also interesting to many that this CD contains the three single clips I mentioned at the beginning of my review, viewable on a computer. Very much to my delight the CD ends with two songs sung in Ukrainian, but those are only alternating versions and expand the track number to thirteen: " (Rozkazhy)" is the remake of "Tell Me Lie", while " ("Chekaju")" is the alternate version to "Untie Me". Both are great tracks per se, and I have to say that I prefer the Ukrainian versions in any case. And that is what leads me to this conclusion: No doubt, Ani is Ukraine's most professional singer and artists. However, I feel that with her singing in English, something gets lost with the music, at least for my ears. This is a very solid, good album!

  , London, England
28-10-2005 00:47

Awesome album from Karolina...superb!

Can't see how 'Another Little Shot' became 'A Little Shot of Love' though...but there ya go.

14-10-2005 22:57


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08-10-2005 17:35

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