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An odd but intriguing mixture,
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This review is from: Ceremony (Audio CD)
The concept of this album is to utiise the organ of Annedal "church" in Gothenburg, Sweden as the basis for Anna's music and it is a really intriguing and overall a very successful one. The "church" is actually more like a cathedral (1,000 capacity according to the Goteborg Tourist Office!) and the sound is much more expansive than a typical church organ. Over this backdrop are overlaid more conventional guitars and percussion and most strikingly the vocals of Anna and her sister Maria on all but a sprinkling of instrumental tracks. The sisters' excellent vocals differ both from each other and according to the mood of the track, but if you need a comparison think of Elizabeth Frazer with a bit of Kate Bush thrown in. The overall mood is generally is very subdued as reflected in the titles of the tracks but the album occasionally escapes its melancholia on the more upbeat cuts like Mountains Crave. The standout track is Funeral for My Future Children which had me wishing for a lyric sheet which is sadly absent. So the CD loses a star from me for variability and lack of lyric sheet, but if you like the Cocteau Twins, Efterklang and Arcade Fire you will find plenty to like here.