Thursday, February 03, 2005

Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's Woman

Call my cynical but when an unsuccessful artist completely changes direction after their debut album I have to wonder whether its the artist themselves or the record industry who make that change. 1999's Love In The Time Of Science is the polar opposite of this second album from the delightful Emiliana. Where as that was electronically based music, albeit of the "chill out" variety, this album is pared down to the bare minimum, with acoustic and gentle songs.

The problem is, it is perhaps too gentle and quiet to really grab the attention over a whole album. There is no doubting that Emiliana is a talent, and there is no doubting that the songs are good, but listening through the album all in one go is not ideal. Fact is, if you were to listen and fall asleep, when you woke up you would be hard pressed to know which track was on. They all kind of blend into one another.

All in all though, this is not a bad album. In short doses it is worth a listen, but at times it's just too anonymous to really stand out from the crowd.

Icon's View - 3 out of 5

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