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Album: Tori Amos – “Under the Pink” (1994)

I bet you’re thinking – “WHAT a devoted blogger, another album review already?!”. Well I must admit I reviewed this album all the way back in February 2009 on a messageboard, in the first of my trips through an artist’s back catalogue. Tori was an intriguing woman, and finally I was getting around to exploring her collected works, in a logical fashion.

tori amos under the pinkAs my writing hadn’t scaled the sophisticated heights then that it has today, it was a bit of a bare-bones review, and the last of these artist write-ups for me to migrate over to this blog. I covered “Little Earthquakes” in… JULY?! (WTF) and so it’s time to get this show back on the road. A decent time to do it as well, next week is the album’s 20th anniversary!

So kick back and enjoy my failed attempts to decipher whatever the hell she’s singing about. I think I like the album more these days than the first time around, particularly as her “Gold Dust” collection showed just how strong some of these older melodies are. Continue reading

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Album: Camille Jones – “Surrender” (2004)

Bit of a random album to review I know, I tend to be rather mainstream, but this has been floating in my “to listen” pile way too long. Camille Jones isn’t exactly a household name in the UK, perhaps not even in homeland Denmark. But she caught my attention way back in 2007 (holy shit, that’s 7 years ago…) when unspeakably sexy Dutch DJ Fedde le Grand – seriously, Google Images search, thank me later – chose Camille’s “The Creeps” as his 2nd major UK single and took it to the top 10.

camille jones surrenderThe video caught my eye – not the tedious dance music video treatment including identikit slutty secretaries indulging in all sorts of submissive behaviour for their hot manager (it’s OK though girls, the postman is even more oppressed, guess it’s all OK then). No, it was Camille and her jerky dance moves, it just sort of hypnotised me. The song itself was amazing too, but nowhere near as sexual as the album version. So here we are, with Camille’s 2004 album. Continue reading

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Album: Nelly Furtado – “The Spirit Indestructible” (2012)

I’m getting quite used to listening to an album for a week in the car now, I do enough journeys to get several spins out of it. This week was the turn of Nelly Furtado’s fourth English-language album, which I picked up from a bargain bin last year. A bit of a shock that it was such a commercial comedown from 2006’s “Loose”, I wonder what went wrong.

nelly furtado the spirit indestructibleWell of course the six year gap certainly wouldn’t have helped. In that time she released Spanish album “Mi Plan” and what I assumed was a contract-fulfilling Greatest Hits album, though she’s still with Universal now. In terms of visibility (at least in the UK) these releases didn’t make much of a ripple, and it was her guest spots that kept her profile afloat, notably James Morrisson duet “Broken Strings”.

Either way, “The Spirit Indestructible” was a big old tank worldwide. While I’ve kept a close eye on Nelly, I think “Folklore” is the only album I’m that familiar with, and that was great so I felt I should give this album a spin since it seems few others did. Continue reading

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Album: Cher – “Closer to the truth” (2013)

You know, this is the first Cher album I’ve ever listened to properly? She’s always been one of this huge stars, particularly during my teen years when “Believe” turned into such a huge hit. But I’m still not too well-versed on her back catalogue.

cher closer to the truthSure, there are a lot of albums to get through, with last year’s “Closer to the truth” taking the tally to 25, but even her greatest hits collection(s) are a little overwhelming, covering such an extensive career. So it’s time to put that right, I’ve always loved her dry humour and ballsy attitude towards showbusiness, I wonder if this album was doomed to turn out as “one for the gays”…

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Album: Susanne Sundfør – “The Brothel” (2010)

Anyone listening to me bleating away this year might know that I very happily discovered Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør. Kicking off 2013 by hearing her collaboration with Röyksopp, “Running to the sea“, it took me some time, even missing her M83 collaboration “Oblivion” in the credits of the film of the same name, before I spotted her 2012 album “The Silicone Veil” in a bargain bin.

susanne sundfor the brothelThat album was magnificent, mixing bits of my favourite female singer-songwriters with dark and minimal electronic production, and I was soon a member of Team Sundfør. But since that was her latest album, I had no choice but to go back through the mists of time to her previous album “The Brothel”. Did it live up to expectations though? Continue reading

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