Torrini, Emiliana : To be free

...look beyond the obvious reference points and this is a truly splendid record.

Torrini, Emiliana : To be free

Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be Bjork. Only with shuffling, shivering techno-folk tunes rather than gleaming electronica. And nakedly personal lyrics rather than cryptic

nursery

rhymes...





It can't be much fun being Emiliana Torrini, an Icelandic native on the same label as the country's biggest pop

star, with a soundalike lusty voice and flinty phrasing. But look beyond the obvious reference points and this is a truly splendid record, as tender as a fresh bruise, as intimate as reading someone's private diary.





Torrini's version of the Edith

Piaf
/Billie Holiday standard 'If You Go Away' is especially raw, drunk on grief.



Stephen Dalton

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