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The First Blood Mystery

Carina Round Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (5 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Animal Noise
  • ASIN: B00005BILG
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Message To Apollo
2. Lightbulb Song
3. How I See It
4. The Waves
5. Let It Fall
6. Ribbons
7. On Leaving

Product Description


This is the new sound. A young Anglo-Italian female singer from gritty Wolverhampton, fresh from supporting the likes of Ian McNabb and Turin Brakes round the UK, with a debut album The First Blood Mystery, that owes an equal debt to PJ Harvey, eccentric Canadian chanteuse Jane Siberry and the jazz leanings of early Led Zeppelin. Indeed, the opening song, the vibrant "Message To Apollo" could be lifted straight from Polly's "Is This Desire?", if it wasn't for all the wobbly bottleneck guitars. Round soon establishes her own voice on this naked and invigorating record, however, with songs such as the fragile acoustic love ode "The Waves", and sensuous, full-bodied closer "On Leaving". One to watch. --Jerry Thackray

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i bought it because of the reviews.... 4 May 2003
By "pinzi"
Format:Audio CD
when first reading an review of the album i was interested, before plucking up some courage and buying the album,
i'm glad that i did, although i must admit it sat there looking very pretty for a while before i could listen to it-getting a new artist that has influences of kate bush and under such high aclaim had me nervous as i love female artists... tori amos, Kate Bush, and poe amoung the many that i have in my cd player...
carina round is different, okay she may have the same gender but she's very different, i am still addicted to this cd, maybe it's her raw energy, mayber the issues she sings-i love it, love it, love it whatever it is!
from jazz...folk.... i cant decide although PJ harvey fans will admire her for the similar instruments used, and the power of her voice.
if your unsure about buying this cd (like i was)
i hope this review has made up your mind,
the cd includes a wide range of songs, from heavy to slow and thought provoking at every word
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a discovery! 31 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
Carina Round, young Midlands-based singer is a breath of fresh air. The album goes some way to capture the on stage essence but to be fully appreciated, Carina must be seen live. Best songs include the tormented 'On Leaving' and 'Let it Fall' dedicated to her father who walked out on her at a young age. Many hints of jazz can be heard throughout, but an obvious comparison would have to be Katell Keinig, who has similar husky tones. Bored with way things are musically at the moment? Buy this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-bloomin-tastic!!!! 15 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As already mentioned, Carina Round's voice must be heard live to be believed. No recording equipment could ever fully capture a voice so out of this world. The songs, particularly Message to Appollo, Let it fall and On Leaving make my tummy go all funny every time I hear them and provide the perfect vehicle for that celestial sound that is Carina's voice (that's not to say that it's all sweet and sickly though - she shouts like a mad woman as well!!)I think that's what I love about it - the album seems to beautifully encapsulate all kinds of emotion and shove it all together in a bitter-sweet and inexplicable muddle, all rendered with the utmost integrity and passion. Doesn't come close to live performance but still the best album of the year for me!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 2 Oct 2003
By Lorna
Format:Audio CD
Can I just say something? She doesn't sound like P. J. Harvey. She sounds like Patti Smith, and P. J. Harvey also sounds like Patti Smith. Patti Smith is a good person to sound like. Okay. Now that rant's out of the way...
This album is absolutely stunning. From the fantastic imagery of 'Message to Apollo' (reminsicent of Patti Smith's 'Land') through to the screaming at the end of 'On Leaving', 'The First Blood Mystery' is flawless. The sheer quality of the songwriting will take your breath away: "You stayed here, like a poison in my bloodstream"... "The rain is just the moon, she's sending soul in your direction/ I hope she softens you soon with her subliminal affection". The variety is also fantastic, for instance when the energy of 'Let It Fall' changes to the quiet beauty of 'Ribbons', which then shifts seamlessly into 'On Leaving'.
About the only thing better than this album is seeing Carina Round's electrifying live performances.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This album strikes me as the maturing of a mix of musical styles featuring a sound reminiscent of the cream of P J Harvey, Tory Amos and Alanis Morissette, yet given more freedom to move with a more jazz feel. It would be very hard on Carina Round to compare this album to anyone and make it seem less original than it is - and it is. It is sheer artistry.
This album is musically innovative, moving, textured and free while being entirely expressive at the same time. These are not just well dressed up songs either - they are lyrically superb - putting across with a tremendous use of language the same sentiments and emotions as the nature of the music itself.
A particular favourite of mine is the song 'Ribbons' - an acoustic song to match any which takes you on a trip through all the emotions with a voice that is transcendental. I love the work of the artists previously mentioned so it makes me feel bad to say that this has slipped past them to the pinnacle of my CD pile.
It really has to be heard but I cannot emphasise enough - a must have in any self respecting music collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 23 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I remember about 3 years ago I was dragged down to Camden in London by my girlfriend at the time to see a band called Ben and Jason, and feeling really unwilling to go.
Anyway, I went and sat at the bar in a huff whilst my girlfriend chatted to her friends.
On came the support act... Carina Round.
Everyone stopped talking as soon as the first chords started to filter round the room...
I looked up from my pint and was transfixed by a sound that seemed to hypnotise... I couldn't take my eyes off of the band and particularly Carina for an instant. Each song seemed to seemlessly flow into the next and before I knew it, it was over with a ruptuous round of applause.
I rushed to the small man in the corner that was doing the merchandise only to join a small queue that rushed also to see if those songs were available to buy... and they were in the form of this album.
I had to give the last of my beer money to buy it and quickly rush to the cash machine to get more before my girlfriend noticed I had gone.
Ben and Jason came on after her and to be honest, she stole the show for me, They were a poor second to her.
When I got home, and listened to the album, the same haunting melodies were there, which was great... but this is a lady that you positively have to see live to get the full effect.
I would have to say without a doubt, she should be given more credit than she's already got so far, because she deserves it.
Oh... and as for my girlfriend... I'm extremely glad she dragged me down. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first album
I had already bought a couple of Carinas albums and was wanting more so this had to be the way to go. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Salmon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Blood Mystery
I first heard Carina Round singing a version of 'The Humbling River' with Maynard James Keenan and subsequently bought her EP 'Things You Should Know. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alex Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I have only recently discovered Carina Round and I am so glad that I did. All her albums are completely different and with this I now have them all. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Paul Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing depth and emotion
I must admit I bought this cd based on reviews I had read online. I listened to it a couple of times and found it a little hard to digest and moved on. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2005 by A. M. Rimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, its magic
All the other reviews say things like she sounds like Kate Bush, PJ Harvey and Tori Amos.
Its all true, she does.
If you like these artists you'll LOVE Carina Round. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2004 by Michael Hutchison
5.0 out of 5 stars Vocal stunts reminiscent of Jeff Buckley
The previous reviewers have said it all really, but I simply have to say more about her voice - it's an amazing instrument, and it's a priviledge to hear her let rip with it. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2004 by Jamie Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT!!!
Please do yourself a favour and buy this album! I'd never heard of Carina Round, I didnt know anything about her-but I wanted to try something new, and after a 6. Read more
Published on 18 July 2002 by "crazymouse69"
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