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Tookah
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Tookah is the sixth studio album from the tranquil Icelandic singer-songwriter Emiliana Torrini.

It has been a long five year wait for her avid fans since the stunning Me And Armini.

Whilst this album doesn't reach the heights of Love in the Time of Science or Fisherman's Woman it is another essential inclusion in her expanding collection of soothing yet intriguing records. 'Blood Red' rubs shoulders with some of her best tracks.

The enchanted mystery of her style remains howver the electronic infusion feels a little more stripped back than normal. As you can see from the cover there is a certain tribal aura about the tracks that comes through every so slightly.

Listen to: 'Caterpillar', 'Elisabet', 'Blood Red'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2013
I made sure I didn't review Tookah until I had become familiar with it. Once you have developed a love for an artists previous work, the initial reaction tends to be a feeling that it does not match up to the songs you know and love. Admittedly this was the case here but now I have grown accustomed to the songs, I adore it.
Tookah is similar to Me and Armini in that it has some stripped back tracks but some up tempo ones alongside. I feared a more experimental album than the one Emiliana has delivered here. If you loved the last three albums, you will probably love this, but it is probably still quirky enough to avoid huge commercial success. I can handle that. In my opinion, not as good as Fisherman's Woman but on par with her other two English speaking albums.
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on 25 November 2014
What a discovery this album has been. I've been listening to Emiliana since Paul Oakenfolds collaboration "Hold your Hand" and have been amazed at her musical journey ever since. The last album Me and Armini was the only album I thought she went a bit off her path and was not quite her. So thanks first of all for finding the way back from the commercial buzz to mystery and intimacy.
With Tookah I recognise her in every way. The musical journey explores new genres, reinventing her style, keeping up with trend and yet creating something hauntingly beautiful you almost don't want anyone to know about before it gets played round the clock on the radio.
The basslines are so refreshing and Emiliana has really created a musical landscape here. Electronic beats are slipping from 80's synthpop tunes in Speed of Dark reminding you a bit of the Cure to heavier, dangerous and experimental beats in When Fever Breaks. My favourite track (although I hate to make distinctions - they are all special!) has to be Tookah. The harmonies are switching at every corner and with the first listen you might feel like on a rollercoaster. Autumn Sun is another intimate folk ballade taking you back to Fisherman's Woman but with a twist from her new world Tookah. It's amazing amazing amazing and I can't praise this album more right now, what have the Icelandic that we don't have? They must get these tunes in their dreams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2013
Heard this album on headphones in a record store and I was hooked within seconds. I love her vocal quality, pure but fragile. Tookah, Caterpillar, Autumn Sun and Home are all superb both musically and lyrically. Speed of Dark is not too much my thing but then the others are so good it doesn't matter! For me this album is up there with Kate Bush's Hounds of Hell and Bjork's Debut; a future classic. I can't wait to listen to her earlier stuff now!!
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on 29 June 2015
Great stuff from Emiliana Torrini. Has a sort of 80's vibe to it as well as a folky feel - you can't really categorise her sound and you really shouldn't just play it and enjoy!! Highly recommended…
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on 20 March 2014
It's always a joy to discover a new artist and listen to their work for the first time and this one didn't disappoint
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on 27 January 2015
Tookah is a great Indie music album. Calming to listen too and very Icelandic and atmospheric.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2013
A superb album from the hugely talented Emiliana Torrini- highly recommended. Especially for the first single Speed Of The Dark
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on 31 August 2014
Emiliana at her quirky and charming best
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2013
I am a huge fan of Emiliana's music. As what so often happens when an album is long overdue - one has such high expectations. Having produced 3 brilliant albums over the last 10 years or so has also helped in setting the bar very high for herself. So having anticipated the release of this 4th album - I can't help feeling a little disappointed. Firstly because of how short the album is (it seems shorter than it actually is for some reason). Secondly there is something that doesn't quite flow and hold the whole album together in the way that Love In The Time Of Science did and Fisherman's Woman ( in it's own minimal way) Don't get me wrong there are some beautiful moments here - like "Elisabet" and "Blood Red" (Emiliana as gorgeous as ever here), but it's tracks like Speed of Dark ( which should have just been donated to Kylie ) that pull the album down and what's going on with the last track ?...It sounds a bit like what she did with "Gun", but whereas "Gun" is a masterpiece. This track lacks coherence and like the album cover is just a bit weird. I just hope she doesn't lose sight of what she does best and continues to bring to us lots more stunning Emiliana music.
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