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Christine Anu's 45 Degrees

Pop Rock
Nancia Guivarra
10 November 2003
Australian Area
Australia, NSW
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Last Train
Christine Anu & Paul Kelly - Last Train
It's ten years since Christine Anu released her very first single, Last Train with Paul Kelly in December 1993. It was the beginning of a journey for Christine who has consolidated her talents as a dancer, singer and actor with hard work that has resulted in a phenomenal career that�s still on the rise.

She started out in the early 90s studying dance at, NAISDA, the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association, and went on to perform with Bangarra Dance Theatre.

In 1995 her debut album, Stylin� Up, stayed in the charts for more than a year and gave her a hit with the Warumpi Band song, My Island Home. That song became the unofficial national anthem, especially when she sang it to the world at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.
Stylin' Up
Stylin' Up

After that Christine began a new direction in musical theatre and film when she played the lead role of Mimi in the stage musical, Rent. She later performed in Moulin Rouge, Dating the Enemy, the Matrix films and 2003's Kissing Frogs. She released her second album, Come my way, another solid release, in 2000 featuring the Cathy Freeman inspired track, Coz I'm Free and the ever popular Sunshine on a Rainy Day.

These days you�ll find Christine pops up everywhere; in television advertisements and jingles; veejaying on music tv; singing at major public events, and next year she�ll feature on ABC TVs Playschool.

Christine Anu Disco
Christine Anu
Whilst her career was developing, Christine also became a mother and she has two children, Kuiyam aged 7 and Zipporah Mary who is 1.

Last month Christine released her third album, 45 degrees, which, she says shows her true spirit, as a musician. It's a confident album, one that says this is me, I've arrived.

The sound and the look of the album is 80s influenced, think the rock sounds of Living Colour, Lenny Kravitz thrown in with 90s soul, and if you will, Mary J Blige, with Michael Franti smooth, who joins her on the final track.

Christine's voice is unique, as well as being a recognizable Australian face, she has a recognizable voice (hear her on the Woman's Day tv ads jingle). You'd be hard pushed not to have heard Christine's first single off 45 Degrees, Talk About Love? as it was Channel 10s 2003/04 summer tv theme song. It's a hard edged track with memorable guitar riffs. Noughties sounds fresh from the eighties with great screaming vocals and alot of attitude.

If you like to ROCK! then there's more for you on 45 Degrees with 2 Late and Love Rules, Hatred Dies. Within the album is a journey too, from energetic performances to gentle love songs, acoustic numbers like Don't you know and 45 Degrees. A favourite at Sydney's 93.7 FM Koori Radio is the funky track, All my people say.

The album has been influenced by 9/11, Talk about love, questioning why can't we sit down and talk about our differences. Christine says taking up transcendental meditation has rejuvenated her outlook on life. She just wants to be herself, explore her talents and ensure that important relationships are nurtured.

Christine Anu Disco
Christine Anu
The last track, The End is a fantastic duet including Michael Franti of Spearhead fame and as Christine said herself it's really "proper icing on the cake stuff". If you only listen to one track on this album, listen to The End.

Here's the track list:-

1. Intro
2. 2 Late
3. LRHD (Love Rules, Hatred Dies)
4. Different Kind Of Something
5. Talk About Love?
6. 45 Degrees
7. All My People Say
8. Don't Ya Know (It's Over)
9. Why
10. Hey! People
11. Falling From Free
12. The End


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