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In 2007, after 13 years, Anneke van Giersbergen decided to leave The Gathering - the band that turned from pure metal to psychedelic, symphonic and progressive metal under her 'reign'. As she indicated herself when leaving The Gathering, it was time for something different after 13 years. She wanted to spend more time with her family, and work on material that was very personal to her. As she wrote in her blog when announcing here first solo album: "Over the last 10 years I have turned many dreams and experiences into songs. I started recording a selection of the very personal ones during the past 6 months."
What these personal songs show, is that this lady is capable of still more than she already provided with her former band, or in side projects, like Ayreon's The Electric Castle and 01011001. The main symbol of Agua de Annique is the stewardess, who Anneke regards as a symbol for the duality of life - simply by being the perfect hostess on the outside, while hiding her personal issues from her customers. A duality also found in the debut album. The beauty of the music is similar to that of later The Gathering albums, while the sometimes emotional reality of life is expressed in lyrics like the chorus of Yalin: "34 and only beginning to understand what this is all about".

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3.99 | 31 ratings
Air
2007
3.09 | 14 ratings
In Your Room
2009
3.23 | 4 ratings
Pure Air
2009
3.52 | 15 ratings
Everything Is Changing (Anneke Van Giersbergen)
2012
3.96 | 5 ratings
Drive (Anneke van Giersbergen)
2013

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4.29 | 7 ratings
Anneke van Giersbergen & Agua de Annique - Live in Europe
2010

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 Everything Is Changing (Anneke Van Giersbergen) by AGUA DE ANNIQUE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.52 | 15 ratings

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Review by cdoebbel

4 stars Maybe this is not a progressive album, but there is a lot of beautiful and inspired songs. I have seen Anneke four times live, and i feel she is the most incredible singer in the world (male and female). She has the power to capture eyes, hearts and soul of a complete theater of stadium in any place in the world. The álbum has great musicians, and moves between ballads and rock. This solist career let Anneke to express all her feelings and talent, and show the power of her voice. The song "Circles" is the best example of her perfection. Four Stars.

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 Drive (Anneke van Giersbergen) by AGUA DE ANNIQUE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.96 | 5 ratings

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Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Although the name may not be immediately recognisable to all, Anneke has incredibly strong credentials in the music scene having fronted The Gathering for 13 years. It was as long ago as 2007 that she decided that it was time for her to do somethjing a little different and with her new band Agua de Annique she established herself as a solo artist, releasing several albums to critical and popular acclaim. She also found time to collaborate with some of her long-time friends and musical peers, lending her honey-sweet, yet powerful voice to the likes of Anathema ('Falling Deeper'), Devin Townsend ('Addicted!', 'Epicloud') and fellow Dutchmen Within Temptation ('Black Symphony'). Her last album, 'Everything is Changing' was the first to be released solely under her own name and was nominated for two Edison awards ? Holland's most prestigious music prize ? in the categories 'Best Female Artist' and 'Best Album'. It turned out to be a major success, so it was interesting to be faced with the new album to see what this one was like.

Although I have some albums by The Gathering, I hadn't caught up with Anneke's solo work and the first time I played this I really wasn't too sure. While her vocals are as pure and clear as ever, with a wonderful melodic lilt and catch, wasn't this just a little too commercial? Now, for one reason or another (mostly my disorganisation combined with a business trip to the US), it has taken me a while to get to writing about this album so I have been playing it quite a lot more than I usually would, and I am really glad that I did as my view has changed considerably.

Whereas before I felt it was too commercial and designed for radio play, now it feels much more like the perfect marriage of rock and pop with some progressive elements. This is not something that can just easily be dismissed, and if Kate Bush was to release an album with some symphinc metal elements then it may just come across like this. Anneke's vocals are just wonderful, and she knows how to hit notes and stay on them, riding the melodic wave and while she allows her touring band to have plenty of impact she is very much the centre of proceedings. It is hard to pick a favourite, as the more I have played this the better it has got and whatever is playing is the one I like best. Definietly worth investigating

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 Everything Is Changing (Anneke Van Giersbergen) by AGUA DE ANNIQUE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.52 | 15 ratings

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Review by Vobiscum

3 stars The promise of a new album, with significant changes and maturation have been published about "Anneke Van Giersbergen" now without the band "Agua de Annique."

12 songs written by "Anneke", "Daniel Cardoso" and "Rene Merkelbach." I confess I had never heard of the other two, but I began to hear the whole album.

The songs are beautiful in their arrangements and composition, the voice of "Anneke" is a morning breeze. In the first moment I could not identify sufficient evidence to confirm this change both promoted.

A slightly electronic sound on some songs, as in "I Wake Up" and "My Boy".

The cover with a more sensual than any other cover released by it.

The lyrics of "Feel Alive" shows a change from her first job, when there was still the band "Agua de Annique," an animated message more positive. The sound is no different to what she was playing earlier.

"You Want To Be Free" is a beautiful song like "Everything is Changing".

"Circles" and "Stay" are gems on this album. Some other tracks do not have the same brightness.

Recommended for anyone who is a fan and who does not know, but it's not her best work.

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 Pure Air by AGUA DE ANNIQUE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.23 | 4 ratings

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Review by Vobiscum

3 stars "Anneke" decided to record an album of cover versions. "The Blower's Daughter (feat. Danny Cavanagh from Anathema) (Damien Rice cover)" does not present the same melancholy than the original but is highly recommended for his duet with "Cavanagh". The song "Beautiful One (feat. Niels Geusebroek from Silkstone)" on the basis of voice and guitar is almost more beautiful than the original, with a simple fingering, intense, and the distinctive voice of "Niels Geusebroek". The versions and the participating artists on this album involve a matter of perspective. You may prefer one version or another but it is difficult to be indifferent to so many arrangements dropped on his ear. Chronologically speaking this album was released before "In Your Room". This album in fact it is a compilation where "Anneke" plays "herself" from another angle, and interpret "Damien Rice", "Alanis Morissette" and others. Not their best album but it does not disappoint. Suitable for those who enjoy a quieter sound, light, relaxing.

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 In Your Room by AGUA DE ANNIQUE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.09 | 14 ratings

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Review by Vobiscum

3 stars Two years after the debut album, "Agua de Annique" returns with "In Your Room". Unlike the previous one, it starts much more excited about the melodies. The actual cover of the album is different, "Anneke" blonde with a smile or something similar to this, and the name of the band also had a small change. "Agua de Annique" is now "Anneke Van Giersbergen and Agua de Annique". "Pearly", "Hey Okay!" and "I Want" are very lively compared to the previous album, especially in "I Want", keyboard makes a point of stressing that. "Wonder" and "Home Again" recall the sound of first album. "Adore" is a nice song on this album, with well-constructed arrangements and details that make memorable songs like this. The members remain the same, but somehow the ideas have changed. The album is pleasant with beautiful melodies but without the brightness of the first. If the first album you could fly into musical journeys, this you are required to travel soon with his feet on the ground.

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 Air by AGUA DE ANNIQUE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.99 | 31 ratings

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Review by Vobiscum

4 stars The sadness of the output of "Anneke" the band "The Gathering" was immense but incredibly good thing also happened, she set up another band. "Agua de Annique". Keeping the softness of the times of "The Gathering" with the sound traveler. This is not a copy, is a new band, original. "Anneke" can express yourself even better than before, the lyrics are living that perpetuate feelings through your voice. "Beautiful One" is a sonic journey that starts the album followed by the more lively "Witnesses." The other members do not call attention to themselves, play their part as best as possible in order to enhance the brightness of the voice of "Anneke". The debut album is full of passages for travelers especially the aforementioned "Beautiful One", "Witnesses," "Day After Yesterday" ... could quote almost the entire album. "Joris Dirks - guitarist" stands out on the track "Yalin" while the very "Anneke" joins his beautiful voice with his arrangements of piano on the track "Day After Yesterday". "Jacques de Haard - bass" and "Rob Snijders - drummer" the band complete. They are short tracks, nice. Just close your eyes and travel. "Take Care Of Me" is able to break the hardest of hearts. A song almost dragged, chords sung like an ordeal, one last time ... Once again the band stands out and rises the majestic voice of "Anneke" that in the final seconds gave himself to the promptings. In the track "Ice Water", "Joris Dirks" comes with "Anneke" on backing vocals increasing the drama of the music. beyond the short solo disconcerting that culminates with the voice of "Anneke" reaching the climax of the song. "You Are Nice" is the most aggressive song on the "CD" and also requires a higher pitch by "Anneke". "Trail Of Grief" has a strong mark on bass and other instruments of a growing, making this a more "collaborative" track on the album among the musicians. "Come Wander With Me" comes and goes like a breeze, simple e calm. "Sunken Soldiers Ball" gives us a moment of delicate strings with "Heleen de Witte - flute" and "Timothy Conroy - trumpet." "Kristin Fjellseth" sing along with "Anneke" in "Lost and Found." Unfortunately the album is finished and "Asleep" is the sound of goodbye. It is a journey worth every second, is a unique moment that lasts 51:19.

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 Air by AGUA DE ANNIQUE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.99 | 31 ratings

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Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars The news that Anneke Van Giersbergen would leave The Gathering didn't surprise nor disappointed me much. The previous two Gathering albums had only shown their diminishing creative flows.

It had also seemed to me as if the vocals had become something of an afterthought. Even though Anneke was given centre stage, it sounded as if she had to write her vocal melodies on top of already pre-recorded music. It's something that isn't easy to pull off and it often led to contrived or repetitious vocals. No, vocal lines are best written strumming away on a guitar or sitting at the piano. And that's exactly how this album was approached. Of course it makes for a singer songwriter album, rather then having anything to do with prog or rock. All elements that made the Gathering progressive are stripped away.

Anyway, what Agua The Anique brings is short melancholic rock songs and ballads, catchy verse chorus tunes with the most basic of rock arrangements: drums, bass and one guitar. The music is written around the gripping vocal melodies and that approach produced a set of spontaneously flowing songs. So let's just take this at face value; this is a touching collection of songs that sounds like Anneke doing Kate Bush or Tori Amos in a rocky mood. I think it won't disappoint admirers of the Gathering, nor fans of melancholic rock such as Anathema, Antimatter or even Radiohead.

Even though there is a slight lull after the stunning opening tracks, the album picks up its momentum again from track 6 onwards. Most songs here are too good to be on such an obscure album. It's a shame really. This music is delightful, without pretension, sincere and catchy. This should be loved by the masses instead of just me and two other devotees.

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 Air by AGUA DE ANNIQUE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.99 | 31 ratings

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Review by JI10

4 stars A gem is the first album by Agua de Annique. Beautiful voice, some jazz elements, more ``relax´´ than gathering. Beautiful One, is a great opener. The first single, Day Alter Yesterday, with a captive piano, is another highlight. My favorite from all is Sunken Soldiers Ball, its even epic. The sound in many of the songs could be compared to Islands from King Crimson, the song. Crimson is a band Anneke several times said is a big influence. The only song that doesn't quite fit well is the second one, Witnesses. The lyrics are very introspective, about how she fells at the time(been a mother, getting old). Very recommended, just listen for yourself.

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