“Affection” is the new single making musical waves by Annamaria, a native New York pop, soul and R&B singer. Working with Emmy Award-winning producer/singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eren Cannata (son of Billy Joel saxophonist Richie Cannata), she has been writing and producing music, all original, radio-ready, and all immediately viable. Pairing the two was not coincidental, but a canny move by the young talent’s manager John Casale. This single is a mark of their combined talents, as well as the idea to work together on Annamaria’s music, to get it out to the world.
Annamaria isn’t just a pop singer churning out the flavor of the week, she’s full of soul and brings every bell and whistle to the table with it. This track defines its own title very well because it’s all about “Affection” and she makes it definitively clear in the lyrics to it. It’s a perfect song that way, and it just makes you want to hear more from Annamaira, as she carves out her future. “Kiss me, love me, like no one’s in the room // You miss me, you want me, then show me you do / Need your love and attention, all your affection” she sings with passion and conviction like the pros of the past with her own new stamp.
She lists her favorite artists as Tori Kelly, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Demi Lovato, and Christina Aguilera, but her own music remains truly original and identifiable in her own style. And this cut shows every bit of her ability to sing on the level with such influence, but you don’t hear that as much as you feel it. This feeling is where the groove of the song and her voice meet and do the rest with flying colors. Sometimes affection can also be a protection mechanism, so the words can be interpreted any way you want. It’s such a well-rounded song that you can’t find one flaw in it, looking for it or not.
If you miss someone and want someone, you have-to let them know, and that’s at least partly what the song is about, going by the excellent lyrics she wrote. There’s no missing a beat or a word of the topic, so there’s no guessing what it’s all about once you get into the groove and let her voice take over. It’s very up-front and forthright without being obvious, and that helps keep you hooked throughout the song. If that isn’t enough, the music she sings over is second to none in any existing genre. There’s no meandering from style to style, it’s a song that stays rooted in her influences but comes out remarkably original.
The song plays like a longer track than it is, but clocks in at only 3:29. An extended version would be cool to hear, but the loop button also does the business, and I kept it going multiple times during this review. You never tire of her voice and the music backing it, which is another example of how much “Affection” resonates with all the right stuff. It’s important to give credit where credit is due, so all get theirs for being equally heard. This is seriously good without being heavy-hearted, and that’s a delicate balance for any radio-friendly pop artist working today. Annamaira is a truly great singer, and this single is worth more than the price.