LAS ANNETTES - La Luz Del Sol (Limited Purple 7" Vinyl/MP3s)
1. Las Annettes
2. La Luz Del Sol
3. Nunca Dudes De Mí
4. El Verano Del Amor
5. Aquí Estoy Yo
6. Las Annettes [Instrumental]
The stage name that this trio of ladies is behind invites us to imagine a fan of the fifties, but nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s true that the songs of Ana Vaquero (LA MONJA ENANA, COLA JET SET) and Violeta Iglesias and Estel Alcañiz (COLA JET SET) have always had a touch of the spirit of THE RONNETTES and THE SHANGRI-LA’s.
But more current sounds like BELLE & SEBASTIAN, GUATAFÁN, LOS FRESONES REBELDES, and LA CASA AZUL are also predominant, as are musical styles like bubblegum and sunshine-pop, and all of this can be sensed right from that brief but delicious opening track.
We’re quickly caught by the addictive hit that is “La Luz Del Sol”, as it moves between the mouth-watering arrangements of BAND À PART and the addictive pop of THE LEFT BANKE or ABBA, and tells the colourful, optimistic declaration of love and starting over.
On “Nunca Dudes De Mí” we catch the clearest glimpse of the soul spirit of THE SUPREMES, with a contemporary sound that reflects bands like THE SCHOOL. “El Verano Del Amor” is irresistible, with a chorus you can’t help but hum along to, its uncompromising slogan, and where you can hear, just like you can on the rest of the single, Paul Bevoir’s excellent work on the arrangements.
“Aquí Estoy Yo” is a powerful song with self-affirming lyrics and a soul-funk spirit (we could mention THE O’JAYS and GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS) and brilliant pop forms. To close the single, they give us the instrumental version of their introductory theme song. It’s an incredible way to finish off an excellent release, leaving you with the sense of all the palettes and styles touched upon, the arrangements and the lyrical inspiration.