Bright green in platinum blonde hair, a corsage over a red top and red mash gloves: this is how Alli Neumann presents himself on the Album cover their debut. There are probably not many in German pop who could rock this combination of contrasts like that. Because everything about Alli Neumann is an announcement. Ever since she turned from actress to musician, Alli seems to step a little further out of herself with every single song. Her album “Madonna Whore Complex” finally crowns this musical ride of the pop musician.
With her EPs, Alli Neumann has already demonstrated quite impressively that she does her own thing and doesn't care much about the zeitgeist. Songs like "When I see you" flirted with everything there was in German-language music to date, but set their own brand. Alli is a solid songwriter, but also a daring, experimental pop icon. Between breathy and whispered moments, Alli regularly spits out her anger, because “Madonna Whore Complex” is a pamphlet on strong, self-determined femininity. From the title song to the sexy summer number "Bike Boy" the musician makes it clear that she is her own boss.
Emancipation all along the line
Falco is used again and again as a particularly great musical influence. That can probably be attributed more to their expressiveness than to the musical accompaniment. With her single "Monster" She had clearly quoted the Viennese icon, but Neumann picks out references wherever she looks: From stark 90s quotes à la Atomic Kitten in “Heart Hotel” to melancholy raggeaton in "Shh" - the album shimmers in various facets, which are held together by Alli's intense vocals.
While many German debut albums have made use of the already successful EPs in recent years, Alli has also spared no effort: Every title is a new discovery with a clear message behind it. Emancipation is not only in the texts, but also behind the scenes. To pursue this style, she started her own label. “Madonna Whore Complex” is a bold, perfect move across the board. And if you look at this young, energetic woman full of ideals, then it becomes clear: This is what German pop needs - more of it, please!