Anastacia has returned to us.
Fellow Anastacia stans, you out there? Surely you must be. The contralto queen needs no formal introduction, having slayed the European scene with single after single of deep-voiced diva goodness ever since 2000’s camp-tastic dance floor anthem, “I’m Outta Love.” I myself have fond memories of playing the Anastacia album to death on loop as a baby gay — and I don’t think a day goes by when I’m sick and tired of always being sick and tired.
After dropping her cover album of male classics It’s a Man’s World in 2012, the singer revealed in February of last year that she was battling breast cancer for a second time. By summer, she’d triumphed over the disease and declared herself cancer free. And by the end of the year, she was already back in the studio recording a follow-up to 2008’s Heavy Rotation. Talk about a survivor, eh?
Now, the time has finally come for her return with Resurrection, due out in May.
Kicking off the campaign is a little song called “Stupid Little Things” — and it just happens to be her best song since “Left Outside Alone.” (Update: Incredibly, there is a “Left Outside Alone (Part 2)” on the new album, which means this is “Left Outside Alone (Part 3).”)
Leading with a a brisk, rollicking stomp that could be considered a distant cousin to Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep,” the songstress quickly tears into a blistering, rock-tinged chorus — purely the stuff of classic Anastacia: “Now I know what love is worth in a broken world, but I can’t get past the hurt/’Til I give up on these stupid little things!” she belts. (Actually, it’s more “Sto-OO-pid, lit-ULL-things!“)
It’s an almighty return, and she sounds as defiant as ever. It’s nice to hear those pipes wailing out from the speakers, yeah? Break out those tinted glasses — Anastacia’s back.
‘Resurrection’ will be released on May 5. (iTunes)