OLOF AR­NALDS Sud­den El­e­va­tion

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

One Lit­tle In­dian For a coun­try of just 319,000 peo­ple, Ice­land con­tin­ues to ex­hibit a prolific mu­si­cal streak. Sud­den El­e­va­tion is the one-time Múm mem­ber’s third al­bum, and it’s a re­lease more de­lib­er­ately honed for a wider au­di­ence than the pre­vi­ous brace. Much of this is down to Ar­nalds singing in English through­out, although this move to wider ac­ces­si­bil­ity doesn’t di­lute the po­etic, soul­ful songs that have been her call­ing card since the start. They’re bol­stered by Skuli Sver­ris­son’s sub­tle, sym­pa­thetic ar­range­ments and es­pe­cially Ar­nalds’s dis­tinc­tive war­ble of a voice. The open­ing Ger­man Fields is a peach in this re­gard, a song that play­fully skips be­tween pop and folk cor­ners, while A Lit­tle Grim and Re­turn Again are ele­gant, bit­ter­sweet, emo­tional tales about heart­break and love. face­book.com/OlofAr­nalds Down­load: Ger­man Fields, A Lit­tle Grim

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