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5.0 out of 5 stars
Stunning, 27 Jun. 2007
I've read reviews of the album criticizing it for being influenced by acts such as Kate Bush, Massive Attack, Cocteau Twins, and Madonna.
It's true, there is a clear influence from the above bands. But Siobhan makes her music completely her own. Besides, what's wrong with being influenced by other musicians that are very talented? Everyone compares Amy Winehouse to soul singers of the past, yet no one insults her for that.
With that being said, onto the album...
This is one amazing album. It's very unique and has an ethereal, epic sound, sometimes being a bit strange. But at their core, the songs are very pop-friendly, which shows that pop doesn't have to be terrible like so much of today's music.
Siobhan has a great voice; pure, powerful, but she doesn't overdo it. Her lyrics are also quite thoughtful and intelligent.
Standout tracks are: Don't Give It Up, So You Say, Coming Up For Air, Goldfish, Medevac, Halcyon Days, and Ghosts. But the rest of the tracks on the album are also fantastic; there's no filler here.
Just one more thought: Many people say that the song Halcyon Days is a copy of Teardrop by Massive Attack. Now personally, I don't find the two songs to be similar at all. Sure, they both use a bit of Harpsichord and have a similar tempo, but that is where the similarities end. The two songs have completely different moods, lyrics, vocal sounds, and instrumentation.
Buy it as soon as you can to support her.