My first experience of Sarah Blasko was live, at the Melbourne "Make Poverty History" concert in Melbourne, November 2006. Bono and Pearl Jam opened the show, and then Sarah (if I may call her that) wandered onto the stage.
She did 5 or 6 songs, and I couldn't wait to get to a store and buy this album. I love it, and I think most people will.
Her style is original, though she reminds me at times of Nico, and perhaps even Dido...with a touch of Bjork maybe. But still, original!
As impressive as her singing is her songwriting - strong, relevant stories set to evocative and superbly arranged music.
She really is quite a talent, and it's early days yet. Buying this album (her second) gets in you in close to the Ground Floor of her musical career, and I think it will be an interesting ride.
At this stage she seems more comfortable as a boutique artist - small venues, intimate shows. I wonder where she will take herself and her music in the longer term.
But enough of that.....for now, we have a wonderful album, produced to perfection and beautifully presented.
This is an album for a wide variety of musical tastes, and I recommend it especially for people who want something different, who are looking for someone who is emerging, and who are hoping for someone who has something strong to say.
And after all, she has already had Bono and Pearl Jam as her opening act - quite an achievement.