Five solo albums in six years should be enough to wash away the remaining influence of previous experiences. Vocalist Anneke Van Giersbergen returns with her fifth studio album, Drive, and seems to have shaken off any remaining attachments to her former band The Gathering.
Where that band was considered both an alternative and progressive rock band (by some), there's little of those characteristics with this album. Giersbergen has successfully moved into AOR, sometimes edgier, melodic rock, with obvious 'pop' radio-friendly accessibility. You get this straight from the start with We Live On, later with She and Shooting For The Stars.
Some of the edgier, harder side, of her songs come with You Will Never Change, Drive, and within Treat Me Like A Lady, which has one of Giersbergen's best vocal arrangements. But isn't that why we listen to her. She's an excellent vocalist not just in the rock arena. She's always strong, passionate and versatile. You catch this when you compare the vocal lines of She and My Mother Said, the former pure rocker girl, the latter, sweet siren. Fundamentally, Drive is another solid and entertaining effort from Giersbergen; fans will be pleased. Recommended.
Anneke Van Giersbergen's Drive is another solid effort, entertaining AOR melodic rock, from this exceptionally talented vocalist.
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