This is the second Stina Nordnestam album I have heard. The first was the hard-to-get-hold-of "memories of a color", which was released way back in 1991. Even this album ("and she closed her eyes") is quite old now (1993)....
This artist has a unique voice and this is her second greatest strength. Her voice is brittle and some would say she ressembles Bjork (I don't). I think she has a skill at holding your attention with her sound alone. Her lyrics are poetic and quite difficult to understand at times - but they grow on you, until you understand what is going on in each song. I think she must have had some sad experiences in her life, which she is putting into this music as a sort of catharthis.
But it is her melodic and harmonic skills which I rate highest: there is not a single chord out of place, and this is true for both albums. If the first album was skilful, the second is the work of a Master. I have studied music myself, and I know how hard it is to be original and at the same time make musical sense.
If I have one criticism, it is that there is not enough variation between the pace and mood as the album unfolds. However Stina has obviously found a groove that she knows she is good at, and long may she carry on doing so. It is a pity she hasn't brought out more work over the years. Perhaps reviews haven't been as glowing as mine?
Buy this album - and try and get hold of its predecessor also (..got this for me, but it took a while). You won't be disappointed.