Dark Hearts

Annie - Dark Hearts
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2020 Ratings: #675 / 794
User Score
Based on 115 ratings
2020 Ratings: #415
Liked by 4 people
October 16, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Annie Melody / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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The Arts Desk
Annie has returned, after 11 years away, with a shiny but deceptive pick’n’mix bag, in that the more you listen, the more it delivers.
God Is in the TV
This gorgeous album is the essence of what makes Annie so special.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Annie, now 42, may be a very different person to the one she was 20 years ago, but her silvery lilt and one-of-a-kind artistry remain unchanged.
The Line of Best Fit

Dark Hearts has a scattering of stellar moments–and one could even argue that its highpoints are some of Annie’s best to date.

Annie’s first album in about a decade, written and and recorded in a haunted house, collapses decades into an evocative blur.
Slant Magazine

Dark Hearts opts for a different kind of escape. Ten years on from her last full-length album, the singer is reckoning with the present by diving headlong into her past with equal parts regret and wonder.

It has many well-crafted moments and some stellar production choices, and there aren’t any outright bad songs; the likelihood is that some of the less obviously pop moments have the potential to grow over time.
The Young Folks

Dark Hearts is a beautiful journey that illustrates a shared sadness for lonely souls driving towards a fraught and empty future.

Spectrum Culture

With Annie’s third studio album, Dark Hearts, she once again engages in new paths, with much less excitement but no less fortitude.

Chalk it up as a noble experiment, pick and choose the songs that work, and hope that next time around everything will click back into place.
With a lack of immediacy, paper-thin production and no discernible hooks throughout, for anyone still humming ‘Chewing Gum’ or ‘Heartbeat’, it’s a disappointment.
Shit! I can't believe I slept over this album. There's some really good songs in this record, a well-made synthpop album that has the right instrumentation. Annie's voice has such a sense of comfort, sweet but hits the right areas, the lyrics are simple but catchy, perhaps a project made to be easily digestive.
"Amphetamine Annie-dog
Pulls her trash
And her stories
From place to place"

William Corgan, 1998

idc i really liked this. it's a nice album and just a pleasant, smooth and light listen overall. her voice blends so well with the instrumentals of each song.
May be one of the best, if not the best, plain simple synthpop album this year. Molto bene
any fool can come up with a concept album and any other fool will mind it... and it’s no different here.

at first, as the album immediately commences with a lovestruck daydreaming song, you’d guess it’s going to be one of those records. the title track highly suggests so. and that’s not entirely wrong, the sentimentalism goes on, but only to a certain extent. a few moments in and you already have in view a few childhood memories from Annie, her heredity, how hopeful in ... read more
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Track List

  1. In Heaven
  2. The Streets Where I Belong
  3. Dark Hearts
  4. Miracle Mile
  5. Corridors Of Time
  6. Forever ’92
  7. American Cars
  8. Mermaid Dreams
  9. Stay Tomorrow
  10. The Countdown To The End Of The World
  11. The Bomb
  12. The Untold Story
  13. It’s Finally Over
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Added on: June 19, 2020