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

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Torrini, Emiliana : To be free

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Torrini, Emiliana : To be free

Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be [a]Bjork[/a]. 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 [a]Emiliana Torrini[/a], 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