8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2010
Apparently it's always a gamble in today's music business(!)to cross genres. And apparently you have to suffer for it. So when the singer of a folk-metal band turns to more personal and emotional rockpop it might get some time for people to follow the new direction.
With Liv it shouldn't be so difficult though, as this brilliant album fulfills all the promises made by her previous release "Enter My Religion". Well-crafted songs written in collaboration with guitarist Torsten Bauer set to her emotive lyrics clearly based on life experiences and deeper reflections. Sung in a way where you clearly can hear that this is music that comes from the heart. And a perfect very organic production with some fittingly sparse arrangements by her husband Alexander Krull.
A collection of songs that should get wider recognition and might appeal to fans of singer/songwriters like Aimee Mann or Tori Amos. A female star is born.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2011
Don't purchase this is you expect Leaves Eyes as the songs are softer and sometimes more pop than rock/metal/folk.
However if you like really nice vocals with some variety, then pay the lady some respect and buy the album,.
Nothing wrong with this on my opinion, just perhaps with a few better songs it could have been really, really good; as it is it is just a very good album.
Worth listening to, especially if you like Kate Bush.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
As you should all know, Liv Kristine is the one time singer with Theatre Of Tragedy and current vocalist with Leaves' Eyes. Which means she's pretty much royalty as far as the whole female fronted goth metal thing goes. Now Leaves' Eyes have made a couple of classic albums but seems that's not enough for Ms Kristine.
No, what Liv really seems to want is to be a hitmaking pop singer. Because every few years she bungs out a solo album, one that is a fair distance away from her day job. "Skintight" is no exception as it sees her dabbling in the world of adult oriented pop and singer / songwriter territory.
It doesn't have the folk tinges of "Deus Ex Machina", which remains her best solo album to date, and instead it's a pretty straightforward follow-up to "Enter My Religion", which came out back in 2006. Not surprising when it's the same songwriters and producers as that one. Namely, hubby Alexander Krull and fellow Leaves' Eyes man Thorsten Bauer. Nothing really leaps out from the grooves and it might be an idea for Liv to look a bit further than her own front room should she decide to have another go somewhere down the line.
There are a few songs that show some promise like 'Love In Grey' and 'Lifeline', but for someone this far into a recording career, promising isn't good enough. The musicians do a good job, and it's well produced, but it's pretty much in one ear and out the other.
on 12 June 2011
If you liked "Enter My Religion",chances are "Skintight" will be for you too. Musically its mostly similarly "pop-ish", but also once again with lyrics with a real feeling and depth ,arguably rather rare in the pop genre
On the other hand, if like me you had previously only heard Liv's debut solo album "Deus ex machina",then "Skintight" might at first puzzle or even disappoint,simply because the first was mostly NOT pop , whereas this one mostly IS ("Deus" is about as hard as it gets to pigeon -hole, though "experimental folk-metal" would be as fair a tag as any)
Get past that though and this grows into a very listenable album, unconstrained by any particular concept but just about life and what's real and what's fake (one seriously stand-out track is the last but one "The Rarest Flower", this one wouldnt have been out of place on "Deus" and is clearly where it is in the track list to counterpoint all that has gone before.