An intimate, lovelorn thing, Storm
finds the Bermuda-born Heather Nova on reflective form while collaborators Mercury Rev
apply the lightest of musical touches. Rife with raw emotional honesty and tender musical subtlety, Storm
was largely recorded in Mercury Rev's studio, nestled in the heights of Woodstock's snow-capped mountains. While Heather's voice is as sweet as an angel, she's clearly one that's been to hell and back. Not for her the syrup-strewn lusty love ballad.
Storm rumbles with a guilty intensity that's unrelenting on the likes of "Lets Not Talk about Love" and the haunting admission of adultery "One Day in June". Elsewhere atmospheric soundscapes such as "Aquamarine" are laid next to the stripped-bare simplicity of "Everything", featuring the gentle strumming of Patti Smith's longtime guitarist Lenny Kaye. Carefully crafted, highly composed and not a little uncompromising, Storm is a sublime mix of lush melodies and candid poetic lyricism that is arguably Nova's career best. --Christopher Barrett