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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
ALBUM REVIEWS : FANSHAW - DARK EYES
Strong female solo-artists are doing it well this year too. So far we had this year the mighty Polly Scattergood and Lonelady but you can add to that list the name of Canadian singer Fanshaw. Let's be thankful she choose for an artistname as in real life she's known as Olivia Fetherstonhaugh (remember and pronounce that!). Fanshaw is the kind of female performer who can manage everything and that is shown by the opener "Diana" which is almost completely acoustic. This Canadian wünderkind worked 5 year on her album and you can hear that as the cd has become a varied cd in where she follows the paths of the greatest on this earth and that goes from Tammy Wynette ("Vegas" is an irrestible country-crooner from the 50's without sounding silly) or the fairy-talepop from Stina Nordenstamm ("Dark Eyes"). The synthpop-oriented "Strong hips" belongs to one of the greatest songs I heard this year (mainly thru its haunting melody) while "O Sailor" puts you in some Kurt Weill-mood. No need to read this over as you noticed I'm a bit in love.