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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B001CB0UJC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Emiliana Torrini Me And Armini

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Icelandic-Italian singer Emiliana Torrini has achieved much, but gained comparatively little, off the back of a career that has blossomed in a nook out of the mainstream's line-of-sight for over a decade. She's been a voice for hire for dance acts aplenty (Paul Oakenfold, Thievery Corporation), was the lungs behind the sky-reaching "Gollum's Song" in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and co-wrote Kylie's weightless, post-minimalist gloss-pop classic "Slow"--endeavours that really should have made her a household name by now. Heading in a different direction her last solo album, 2005's Fisherman's Woman, was a pristine master-class in hushed exchanges, but bewilderingly also fell under the radar. With Me & Armini though you get the feeling that Emiliana Torrini might be a name that begins to stick from hereon in. Easily her most cohesive and pressing work yet, she evokes the delicious and warm-hearted certainty of Feist, sealed with the glistening inflections of her Icelandic home-tongue, like a homespun and less-eccentric Bjork. Her impressive range is showcased here like never before, from the guttural PJ-Harvey-isms of "Gun" to the Winehouse jazz of "Heard It All Before", bold Gwen Steffani-esque colours of title track "Me & Armini", right down to the Beth Orton wispiness of "Beggars Prayer". --James Berry

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By W. M. O'Neill on 17 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This review is biased - I'm already a fan. However, nothing, even my predisposition to enjoy anything new from Emiliana Torrini, could have prepared me for this astonishing album. 'Love In the Time of Science' was a great album, with Roland Orzabal's distinctive touch very evident without distracting from the songs or from Emiliana's vocals. 'Fisherman's Woman' was a bold departure from the multi-layered production of the previous album and felt much more 'personal', simple and with some beautiful songs and vocals, along with equally beautiful instrumentation courtesy of Dan Carey. 'Me & Armini' is yet another departure, and takes Emiliana into another league entirely. As a musician myself, I'm always on the lookout for songs and artists that surprise me. This album is packed full of moments of inspired performance, creativity and 'surprises' whilst still feeling very much an Emiliana Torrini album. No two tracks are the same, but Emiliana's vocals and lyrics run through it like a thread, stitching it all together. It is tempting to over-use words such as 'stunning' 'extraordinary' 'breathtaking to try and describe this album. Instead, just take my advice: if you really love music, buy this album - you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith VINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2008
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This is Emiliana Torrini's 6th album although only two were released outside Iceland. Me and Armini really bridges the gap between them with some great pop numbers and some low key acoustic tracks too. Newer to the mix is the more rockier edge in places though and it suits her voice and style.

"Big Jumps" was a great choice as a single and reminds me of summer time fun (it also reminds me of "Unemployed in Summertime" however there's absolutely genius in "Jungle Drum" which sounds like a 1960's rock anthem and will be the next single. Its very catchy.

Acoustic lovers will enjoy "Bleeder", "Hold Heart" and personal favourite "Beggar's Prayer" which has a beautiful vocal section in the middle with just humming which effects you in a brilliant way.

"Gun" shows off a more edgy side to Emiliana we've not seen for a long time as its full of atmosphere and "Ha Ha" is a darker shade of Torrini too. "Dead Duck" is a fantastic piece of studio trickery as it basically goes through all the album sounds in one song.

I would recommend this to any Torrini fan no matter which album of hers you preferred and also to anyone who likes their pop a little more involved than the usual chart toppers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Tree on 13 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Think I'm in love. This I believe is the Icelandic songbird's third British release...and it is simply beautiful. Torrini has one of the most captivating voices I have heard in years. She must be sick of these comparisons, and I'm sure it's as much to do with a shared homeland as anything else, but there are shades of Bjork in there...a certain Icelandic growl at the back of the throat...but Torrini is more gentle, more melodic, sweeter.

She sings in the moment, managing to sound both fresh and vulnerable. Just listen to Birds in the early hours, simply sublime. Her lyrics evince feelings of frailty and insecurity...but endearingly she doesn't hide these behind a tough exterior, she is a true romantic, instead she turns these observations into exquisitely turned objects of beauty, delivering each line with the delicacy and depth of watercolour on parchment. Simplicity is the key; less is more... much more. A touch of Nick Drake here, Suzanne Vega there, a passing nod at Joni Mitchell...but she is inimitably her own artist, she wears her heart on her sleeve and these songs just keep growing and growing.

The input of Dan Carey can not be overvalued here. He produced, co-wrote, and played on most of the tunes, and his delicacy of touch is a perfect compliment to Torrini. Everything restrained, understated, but handled with a deftness and surety of touch that adds layer upon layer of subtle depth. The whole album is just gorgeous!

Ignore the nay sayers who want the world to stay the same, true creativity should be unencumbered by the past...now where's that back catalogue!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
What a little gem this is. One wonders if anyone who isn't already a fan of Emiliana Torrini will even look at this album, but if they do, they'll be in for a new experience.

It's not too short. It's not too long. In 12 songs, Emiliana goes from catchy pop (Big Jumps) to outrageously fun rock (Jungle Drum), with dips into dark, moody moments (Gun) and several delightful ballads. There's a little bit of everything here. Even existing fans will be surprised, because it's not really like either of her previous (internationally released) albums. Love In The Time of Science was her trip hop album, while Fisherman's Woman was so laid back, it was horizontal.

Me and Armini is another fabulous release from a sadly underrated and little heard-of songstress, who has lived too long in the shadow of Bjork. Her day deserves to come.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Emiliana Torrini's last album was all wistful folk. Before that, it was all equally wistful electronic pop and the creepily pretty closing song to "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."

But before all that, she dabbled happily in everything from jazz to J-pop, raw-throated indie-rock to the blues -- and she did a pretty good job at all of them. And while her fifth album "Me and Armini" doesn't quite explore EVERYTHING she's done before, Torrini slips back comfortably into some of the musical niches she has already carved. Her delicate pop is flavoured by tinges of other styles and genres, and sometimes those other sounds (as in "Gun") overwhelm it completely.

"Somebody's got a long way to go/You're not sitting by the phone no more... Mmm, are we going crazy?/It's not fair to say we wasted time/In my view we just used it all up..." Torrini sings wistfully over a mellow folk-guitar. But she tries a totally different approach to a no-letting-go-love in the titular track -- it's an upbeat jazzy song with a vaguely stalkerish sound ("Some people think that/I'm heading for a meltdown... This I know/she doesn't love you like I do/yes it's clear/she'll never love you like me...").

A number of these songs stem musically from the bittersweet folk of her last album "Fisherman's Woman" -- the haunting seaside sound of "Birds," the prettily malicious "Ha Ha," and a string of low-key, folky melodies that rely mostly on Torrini's vocals and a guitar. But she mixes up the sound a little -- some of these melodies end with a thin mat of woobly synth, and the acoustic pop number "Big Jumps" is anything but wistful and low-key. It's all sunny joyousness and fun ("Go on, make some BIG JUMPS, BIG JUMPS/you afraid to break some bones?").
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