By the end of the 90s, Anouk had released her first two albums, Together Alone (1997) and Urban Solitude (1999). Although her music was classed as pop-rock, there was more emphasis on rock. She’d been touted as the Alanis Morissette of the Netherlands which she felt flattered by, as she was one of her inspirations.
In 2002, she released her third album Graduated Fool (2002). Around this time I left high school and started full time work. I was still unaware of her music for now, but this would soon change given a chance meeting with someone who would quickly become a friend.
MVC in Cardiff in Mill Lane, is where my friend Scott used to work before they redeveloped the area. It was his colleague Aaron, however, who I quickly became friends with as he advised me to listen to a solo singer called Anouk. Upon finding her on YouTube, I went back the following week and bought her fourth album – my first album – Hotel New York (2004). From that point, I fell more in love with her, because I could identify with the lyrics and I loved the music.
Who’s Your Momma (2007) and For Bitter or Worse (2009) were released at the end of the 00s and a lot of the songs reflected how I felt and what I was going through at the time. I was in a very low place and music I listened to around this time, surprisingly helped me to get through my problems.
In 2011, now at the age of 26, I decided to disconnect myself from life and everything in it, so I could focus on what I wanted to become and where I wanted to go generally. Anouk released her seventh album, To Get Her Together (2011). Its title track made me think about getting my life together, so this quickly became a favourite of mine during this period.
Anouk was preparing to release her next album, Sad Singalong Songs (2013) and promote that with her performance at Eurovision. The album was not a favourite of mine, but I still bought it none-the-less, as it’s still a good album regardless of how I initially felt about it. Whereas, Paradise and Back Again (2014) went back to her rock roots, which I preferred to the previous album, I felt it was miscategorised.
She released two albums this year, Queen for a Day (2016) in April and Fake It Till We Die (2016) in October, and a tour is yet to be announced. I’d like to go and see her live, despite not being a fan from the early days, I’ve grown to love her music soon thereafter.
This is it for this week, stay tuned for my next instalment.