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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the Norwegian pop artist is her first in 11 years and was produced by Stefan Storm.
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  • Record Label: Annie Melody
  • Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Left-Field Pop
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 75
    While Dark Hearts hits an exceptional stride in its beginning, we find quickly that its other tracks don’t necessarily live up to their fullest potential.
  2. Oct 15, 2020
    71
    Dark Hearts is best at its most artificial. The moments that aim for “realness” seem less so.
  3. Oct 15, 2020
    70
    Dark Hearts is a mixed bag: 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.
  4. Oct 15, 2020
    70
    Annie broke out in the mid aughts with cheeky, indelible dance-pop like “Chewing Gum” and “Heartbeat,” but Dark Hearts luxuriates in an unapologetically moodier palette.
  5. Oct 16, 2020
    70
    Dark Hearts marks an astute shift away from the energy of the clubs, focusing instead on hazy synth pop. Languid ballads run through the album and their production feats, led by the work of Stefan Storm, are best enjoyed on headphones.
  6. Oct 16, 2020
    60
    Dark Hearts may not be entirely successful, but it's impossible to dismiss it as a failure thanks to the heart and soul Annie put into the lyrics and vocals. Also, not too many dance-pop artists are willing to explore the darkness that settles in once the bubble bursts, and she's to be commended for that.
  7. Oct 15, 2020
    40
    ‘The Streets Where I Belong’ appears to aim for ‘80s FM radio nostalgia, while the title track hints at cod reggae, ‘Forever ‘92’ borrows a smidgen of shoegazey guitars and ‘The Bomb’ a touch of trip hop. But 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Oct 16, 2020
    10
    Amazing comeback from Annie! very nice album, sound like very vaporwave pop and very cinematic!
  2. Oct 16, 2020
    10
    Her best body of work to date! DH is cinematic, nostalgic and lush. Pop music with a heart and cool beats.