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Sea Sew

Lisa Hannigan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Absolute / Hoop Recordings Ltd
  • ASIN: B001JQHT7G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ocean and a rock
2. Venn Diagram
3. Sea Song
4. Splishy Splashy
5. I Don't Know
6. Keep It All
7. Courting Blues
8. Pistachio
9. Teeth
10. Lille

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2009 album from Lisa Hannigan.

BBC Review

Lisa Hannigan's little tiff with Damien Rice worked out rather well for one of the parties concerned. Two years on from her departure as backing singer and sometime instrumentalist for Mr Popularity 2004, Ms Hannigan is revelling in award nominations and international acclaim. As for Mr Rice, well his underperforming second album and three-year disappearance from the new release shelves are now something of an irrelevance.

Put out through her own label, Hoop, Sea Sew is Hannigan's passion project, hand-crafted in just a fortnight. There's definitely an unashamed quaintness to the album, with self-stitched artwork and old friends drafted in from the Rice days to help out on instrumentation. I Don't Know has a similar coy seductiveness to that other Mercury nominee, the terminally underrated Kathryn Williams, but neither have deserved to be unjustly dubbed the 'token folkie' on the shortlist. There is nothing token about tracks like Keep It All, a sinisterly executed, contemporary tale of infatuation which opens with a rock drum solo definitely not typical of a standard folk offering.

Single Lille is clearly an example of what caused a friend to coin the term 'Plink Plonk Rock' to describe Hannigan's style, sounding like an ambitious Swiss clock with a trouping parade of mechanical figures that meet in the middle at the top of each hour.

As you'd expect from the title, water references abound: Splishy Splashy mimics the rhythm of the tide in its vocals and gentle acoustic guitar, while Ocean And A Rock shares a beautiful motif among strings, brass and keys. Sea Song is the standout track, faintly Latin with pleasingly warm lyrics: ''He's like the wishful thinking in my life/ He's like the wine on the weekend''.

Mercury nominations and the praise of US chat show hosts aside, Lisa Hannigan seems to have an overflowing idea bank with which to go forth and flourish. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr Rice. --Keira Burgess

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most understimeted album of 2008 18 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've listened Sea Sew driven by the preferences of customers who have bought cd of Florence and the Machine, Red House Painters, John Martyn, Jackie Leven, and other acustic - folk rock musicians.
I think that this debut is really a little precious jewel that you learn to appreciate after few listenings, because the arrangements are excellent bun not immediate.
A lot of beautiful passages are "hidden" at the first listenings. The tone is calm, relaxed, and the musicians never try to use special effects to catch the attention preferring to mantain a balance in the execution.
I give the album 4 stars, it means a excellent album, because 5 stars in my scale of value is a masterpiece.
Sea Sew is not a masterpiece, it's "only" one of the best album of 2008, probably one of the most understimated.
I hope that Lisa Hannigan could produce a masterpiece the next time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Lisa Hannigan's debut album "Sea Sew" is an charming confection although its difficult to see why adding live versions of songs on the original "Sea Sew" makes this record a "Deluxe" version. I would have liked to see some other new material from the excellent Lisa Hannigan or at least some of the cover versions she has recorded such as Joni Mitchell's "Willy" or Roy Orbison's "Love hurts" Yet to be fair the live versions are generally solid and if the key purpose is to remind you what a little gem this album is then they serve their purpose. Lisa Hannigan was as pivotal to "O" as Damien Rice's guitar. The "Blowers daughter" is in my mind as much her song as his and her contribution to the some of the best songs on "9" was immense.

"Sea Sew" has a quiet but huge following and its is delicious album packed with delightful and precious songs like "Ocean and Rock", "I don't Know", "Lille", the truly gorgeous "Venn diagram" and the harder "Sea Song". The album manages to skilfully blend beauty with whimsy without degenerating into sentimentality or tweeness. The most ample demonstration of this is in the albums towering highlight "Teeth" where Hannigan spits out the lyric and the raw emotion erupts in this song particularly on the repeated chorus where she states "And I had a swing/When my salt was my own/I'd my teeth bared for battle/Till love lost made me dull". It is brilliant songwriting.

Granted when viewed in its totality "Sea Sew" is lighter than anything she has done with Damien Rice and yet I have to say I listen to it much more than "9". Along with Laura Marling and Theo Gilmore she is proof of an amazing renaissance of British/Irish female singer songwriters. More importantly she is ample evidence that the judges of the Mercury Prize maintain an impeccable record as the most consistent bunch of tone deaf idiots currently listening to modern music.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars . 12 Jun 2009
By Neil
Format:Audio CD
I originally thought of getting this album as something I thought my girlfriend might like. However, one sunny afternoon with wireless headphones in the garden later... I've found myself with an unexpected addiction to this record, and a welcome early contender for my favourite album of the year.

Lisa Hannigan has such a light touch, impeccable ear for a tune and an absolutely gorgeous voice that bury these pieces of music deep in your subconscious almost immediately. I guess this would be classified as folk, but there's such a lot going on here that labels just seem superfluous. Just appreciate it for what it is.

Particular favourites of mine are "Ocean and a Rock", "Pistacchio", "Lille", "Sea Song" [which is the only song on the album that sounds anything like a Damien Rice song - but is still good], and "Keep It All". These songs I think will prove to be timeless, both musically and lyrically - since Lisa seems to have avoided any semblance of modern faddery altogether - no Amy Winehouse vocal inflections, no Regina Spektor quirkiness, no Lily Allen "hip"-ness, and no Duffy pretences. The lyrics are abstract and intriguing, and the performances just have a real integrity.

I certainly didn't expect to enjoy this record so much, but I'm not complaining ... I'm not about to start listening to Damien Rice, either.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurprisingly understated at first 8 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
Knowing Lisa's singing from Damien Rice and The Cake Sale, anyone could have guessed that her debut album would be a fairly low key affair and so it is. If anything I was a little disappointed by the first couple of listens, but the album will take ahold of you sooner or later! Some tracks more than others - Ocean and a Rock, Venn Diagram and Keep It All are the standouts for me - but really the whole album is great. Going to see her play in a couple of days...can't wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goosebumps a-plenty 19 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
A truly wonderful album. I caught Lisa on TV last week for the first time and immediately bought the album. I've played Ocean and a Rock about 50 times already and still get goosebumps as the various lyrical and musical threads combine on the last verse & chorus - pure heaven.

As a DJ I listen to LOTS of music of all styles and genres as part of my work and I can honestly say that this album has shot into my Top 10 of all time without a shadow of a doubt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely great album 19 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album was such a find. By the second play I was addicted; it is now an essential on my daily ipod. Lisa's beautiful voice is powerful yet never overplayed. The songs are magical, understated with imaginative arrangements and clever lyrics, gorgeous melodies with great hooks. There are no weak songs on this album- every song is simple lovely.

I do think putting this album down as folk limits it's audience- it reminds me more of the better American college indie. Shame the album artwork isn't shown- even that is good.

Discover and enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful album!
I think various reviews have found Lisa's solo albums more saccharine and less edgy than her previous work but there is undoubtedly an alluring strangeness about her lyrics here. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mr. R. C. SPENCER-SMITH
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
Didn't do it for me but the recipient loved it. So, basically, it's all down to taste - as all music is!! So hard to give stars to. The service was fine though.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Sew - (Un)Surprisingly Beautiful
I won't go through the whole album, analysing it track by track because, 1) I probably won't do it justice, and, 2) I'll likely be going over old ground, covered by other... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Davies
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't like the album at all
Bought it for my husband who mentioned that he had heard her and thought she was great. Not at all what he expected. What a disappointment!
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Karen Madden
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Lisa Hannigan
I really like this CD. Compared to when she singed with Damien Rice, these songs are much lighter, definitely different. But I like them, and I love her voice!
Published 8 months ago by Francesca Bianco
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I love Lisa's songwriting. She puts pure feeling and emotion into her songs and her voice is a dream to listen to. Thank you Lisa for a beautiful album. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jed C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class Artist
Lisa Hannigan has a very smooth and balanced tone and brings the lyrics to life in her songs. Highly recommended.
Published 18 months ago by ZZman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
There isn't a duff track on this album. Loved it on first hearing and can't stop playing it. Buy it!
Published 19 months ago by WW Stow
5.0 out of 5 stars post concert purchase
she supported Richard Hawley, Manchester University. we were impressed by her variety of musical talent. Album is superb excellent quality.
Published 20 months ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious
Beautiful voice
Theraputic... the music seems to sway... happy sounds
-Helps me sleep at night :)

Money well spent, I'll be investing in another album og Lisas... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Becky
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