The first thing I thought when I saw this release was, “Oh my God, someone is covering Angelina’s ‘Release Me’.” Angelina was a Latin house artists who hit it big for a hot minute in the SF Bay Area in the mid-90s with a couple radio friendly dance tracks like the aforementioned, “I Don’t Need Your Love” and a cheesy cover of “The Tide is High.” So when I played Agnes’ track of the same name, I was cringing before I even put the disc in and wondered how it was justifiable to cover someone who was “discovered” at the Great America theme park and hope to not have a cinderblock thrown at you.
And with the very first note of Agnes’ confident, gorgeous voice all that fear is put to rest immediately. Now we know why Agnes was the youngest contestant ever to win Pop Idol (Sweden’s American Idol counterpart). NOT a cover of Angelina, this song of the same name is exactly the kind of dance pop that could usher in another era of dance artists finding their way onto mainstream hit radio. Similar to former dance radio crossover hits like “Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” (feat. Sophie Ellis Bextor) and “Burn For You” by Kreo, “Release Me” is simple, fun, beautifully vocalized and sticks in your head immediately. Taking it then from the radio to the dancefloor, the track has been fully serviced by Cahill, Moto Blanco and a zillion bootleg mixes. Get at this one.
By syndee on 02-04-2010
For the love of God, keep writing these atricles.
By Willie on 07-22-2011