Anneke van Giersbergen, the former lead singer of the Dutch progressive/alternative rock band The Gathering puts forth a wonderful solo album with “Everything is Changing.” Infusing her warm vocal styling with mostly upbeat rock sound and electronica, Anneke provides expansion to her sound. There’s a clear progression from her musical melancholy roots and it really plays to her strengths.
Opening the album is “Feel Alive,” a track that could easily fall into the pop genre. It’s upbeat and infections with its high tempo beat and piano work entwined with Anneke’s beautiful voice. “Take Me Home is more of a rock song opens with a piano and then leaps into faster paced vocals with a little bit of an electronic whine to give the song a boost. It has all the elements to be a single off of the album and the energy to be a radio hit. With more of a darker rock melody to it is “Hope, Pray, Dance, Play.” It’s got some more aggressive guitar then the rest of the album that really adds an under layer of strength. “Hope for me, pray for me one day I’ll be fine Dance with me, play with me I’ll never fall behind” offers up a steady chorus that adds to the meat of the song.
“Everything is Changing” easily defies a single genre classification with its many diverse songs. It is in my opinion one of her best pieces of work and well worth looking into. The album proves easily that she can stand alone and make great music!