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Sydney native Sarah Blasko is an award-winning, platinum-selling Australian singer-songwriter whose 'As Day Follows Night' is an acoustic collection of twelve songs inspired by heartbreak. Recorded in Stockholm and produced by Björn Yttling with a quieter, more intimately focused version of the re-tweaked folk familiar to listeners of Yttling's group Peter Björn and ... Read more in Amazon's Sarah Blasko Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00061S0R8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. True Intentions 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Debut album from Sarah Blasko, eleven intensely personal and beautiful tracks, underpinned by Sarah's stunningly gorgeous voice

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By the messenger on 14 April 2008
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It's hard to explain why Australia's Sarah Blasko is worthy of special attention ahead of a glut of singer/songwriter types pulling all manner of fancy tricks to make their work stick out from the crowd. Part of the charm of this debut LP is that it sounds blissfully devoid of any such pretention. Blasko's style is very unshowy, very unhip, and so seems flush with the freedom to express herself as she feels fit, happy to let the songs find their own identities, rather than dress them up for the gaudy pop parade. The closest frame of reference we have for her in Europe is Gemma Hayes, with her quietly experimental approach to a traditional style.

The Overture & The Underscore doesn't come racing out of the traps with a hit single - opening track "All Coming Back" is very spare and crisp, a slow brooding chug of guitar crawling under a curious lyric that suggests complex emotions but stops short of spelling out its story. The song gathers momentum in its second half, Sarah's vocal delivery sounding strangely evocative of Thom Yorke, while the arrival of a ticking electronic beat adds further to the Radiohead vibe: "What once was clothed in white/Bears the bruise of a burden". Even with the second track "Beautiful Secrets", there is a feeling of waiting for the album to start proper; the song floats along in a kind of suspended animation, still very intimate, and again building tension and release without resorting to rocking out with loud guitars. Blasko's is a clear expressive vocal style with impressive range - her accent may be a small novelty to British listeners, though in actuality it is not at all dissimilar to someone like Kate Nash, sounding well-spoken even as she litters her vocals with mangled syllables and glottal stops.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
best artists/songwriter of our generation 25 Nov. 2007
By Matthew T. Szatkowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sarah Blasko is hands down one of the best artists/songwriter of our generation. Her ability to reach in her soul to stir emotions and create breath taking arrangements is beyond comprehension. To those who have negative things to say about her, might want to research this brilliant woman before judging her music.
First of all, you have to realize that the title The Overture & The Underscore, describes the album completely. There are no over-produced tracks on this cd. Therefore making it stand out among the rest of those artist that relay on heavy choruses and beats. Sarah Blasko incorporated her original recording she had done with her little Casio piano, and built around it. Which for me in humble and deserving of my credit to her as a real artist as compared to those who buys pre-made songs and music.
Second of all, Sarah Blasko seduces her audience with her sultry and elegantly arranged music. Her lyrics speaks on a complex level of intensity, one must almost get into her mind and talent to truly appreciate her.
The first song that caught my attention was Counting Sheep, which for me, is the stand out track of the entire album. When I first heard this song, I was living in Arizona and the song came on and I literally stopped in my tracks, I couldn't move, this voice this music hit a nerve in my body and I was in shock. From there on i ran to Barnes and Nobel and found out that the rest of the album is full of surprises such as Perfect Now, Sweet November, Always Worth It, just to name the few.
If you appreciate true, raw talent that's not sugar coated, Sarah Blasko's, The Overture & The Underscore is a must have.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Stunning 25 Jan. 2005
By Ching Huang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This cd was recommened by an Aussie friend of mine and I'm simply blown away by Sarah's music. Her voice is honest and has a character of purity. Combine that with emotion, great lyrics, and introjection of electronic elements....the songs are truly beautiful.
Bonus! THere are guitar chords in the cd-booklet! Way cool!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For those "not-so-chipper" days... 15 April 2005
By Bliss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was an absolutely beeeeautiful album. I'd heard Sarah Blasko's debut single, "All Coming Back" on Triple J, and i was completely swept away. So i went and got the album about a month later, and i must say i am extremely happy with that purchase :)

There's a really pure and honest quality about Blasko's voice, which adds to the meaning of the songs she sings, she simpers the lyrics and you apply them to your sad, sad life...or even if you're just chillin on a Sunday arvo, it's the type of music that makes you see beauty. It's trippy. Good use of intruments and each song has a really great atmosphere to it. The best part about this album is undoubtedly the vocals, she'll take you through your hardest moments and make you cry, but you'll love it.

Very good emotional and lyrical value, some good songs include:

All Coming Back- "Light up the sky, argue the night, to reveal one thing i did was right. Patterns are laid, fortunes are made, we remark on the way that things remain".

At Your Best- "If only you were at your best, instead of fighting yourself this way".

Perfect Now- "So thats why, i wont wake you where you lay, if i could now, i'd freeze time...i can't find forever in your eyes, i should leave you while they're dry" (This song made me cry)(yeah thats right...CRY)

True Intention- "Dont let me in, i'll shut you out, take control of the wheel and now, lead me onto a sense of my true intention".

She's also great live, doesnt lose a smidgeon of quality.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More etheral female singers from the land of OZ .... 18 Jan. 2005
By crisp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alright let's put a side the face that sarah is enchantingly beautiful..... Sarah could slot into the same niche as beth orton and sarah mclachlan but i think she has a bit more edge to her and i think the production is a bit more lo-fi and less produced, which adds to the fragility of her voice.
And she definitley has australian tinges to her voice, which sets her apart aswell.
Can't wait to see her live over this summer.
For more gorgeuous australian femal voices check...redsunband
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Impressive and startingly beautiful debut by the latest Aussie talent 9 July 2006
By Dan G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love Sarah Blasko. Unashamedly. I will admit that being an aussie myself I have been more exposed to her music and am sort of biased, but her music shows such a lyrical deepness and ethereal quality it's hard to not be affected. There is something glacial but also very warm about her music, it's comfortable and affects you slowly and softly until it's deep in your head. Not everyone's cup of tea, I have heard a few people say it's too boring or 'sleepy' for their liking, but that's personal opinion and does not reflect on Sarah's obvious talent.

Standout fave songs for me are Perfect Now, At Your Best and True Intentions. There is a definite radiohead-esque quality to her music, an almost classic vintage sound coupled with an airy beautiful voice. It's a bit like that first warm breath disappearing into the cold air as you step outside in the heart of winter.
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