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The best she has done yet,
This review is from: Slow Motion Addict (Audio CD)
I have been looking forward to getting this album for ages and felt compelled to write this review only after one listen. This immediataely grabbed me from the start - it is clearly a much more accessible sound she has developed.
From the first track you can see a much more focused approach and direction for her sound. This focus is a more produced, direct and hence accessibale sound which will open her music up to new fans.
Throughout the album she shifts the focus of the songs from away from the hooks and her voice often to the music itself - making this sound much more like the effort of a band than on any of her other albums. The rythm section is tight and focused and the guitars jagged and sharp.
In many of the tracks we still see Carina moving from girl like whisper into rock goddess within one sentence. But there is a big shift in the emphasis of the music which really does rock out in some moments just as we saw on 'Into my blood' from 'the Disconnection' - that track was loud raw and fantasticly furious - the tracks on this release are little more slick but still just as effective.
Stand out tracks from my first listen were 'Gravity Lies' which has an almost Stones esque bluesey hook, but never does what you predict - constantly switching from singer songwritier style to full on guitar lead indie/rock.
The title track is also a great blend of carina's more sombre side (unfortunately the album doesnt contain anything as acoustic and frail as 'Elegy' nor idiosyncratic as 'message to appollo' from her first album) which has some programmed beats that wouldnt be amiss in one of Trent Reznor's more recent pop songs.
the single 'come to you' is probably a good choice of single - it doesnt veer from genre to genre as much as the other tracks but is a good steady track with powerful vocals in the chorus - which fits nicely alongside some of the moring daring arrangements.
All in all - this album is much more focused on the music than the other 2 - which is a great thing as it is rich, varied and very interesting - her vocals can still be shrill, soft and firm in the same chorus. her lyrics are still intimate and interesting without ever being too metaphorical.
fans of PJ harvey will like this as will anybody interested in modern day indie music - in my opinion this has much much much more to offer than anything by current day indie bands.
highly recommended - this isnt groundbreaking - but one of the best i have heard from a rock orientated female artist.