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on 21 May 2009
Her debut was a breath of fresh air. I remember seeing her supporting Radiohead at Lancashire cricket ground about a year ago and was impressed by the unique, hypnotic sound.
However this second album doesn't capture the imagination quite as well.
Lead single Daniel is a highlight, chart-friendly if a little derivative. My partner's reminded of fleetwood mac by this particular tune and I suppose it does evoke some of their 80's stuff. I have to say though, I find Daniel highly unrepresentative of the other stuff on here, so would advise against buyting Two Suns on the strength of this track.
Sleep Alone is my own favourite here, managing to be funky, spaced-out, synthesized whilst retaining a sort of tribal beat reminiscent of her earlier work.
As for the rest of the album, it all seems to blend together and is peraps too downbeat to be memorable. Siren reminds me a lot of some of the stuff on PJ Harveys 'White Chalk' album - sparse, sounding as if it's been thrown together in one take.
People might disagree with me, but I always think that when it comes to female solo artists, there tend to be a lot of inflated review scores thrown around for mediocre artists. I've read reviews that put this talented young lady in the same league as Alison Moyet, Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. A little premature to be making such comparisons. On the strength of this album, I'd say there is promise, but this is still a near miss.
An album that you won't hate, but neither will you keep coming back to.