JENNY HVAL

Apoca­lypse, girl Sa­cred Bones ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

There is some­thing very good yet strangely-strange about Jenny Hval, a Nor­we­gian singer/writer/ nov­el­ist and ex­po­nent of the avant-garde. Her no-holds­barred ap­proach to the ex­pres­sion of sex­ual pref­er­ences is ap­par­ent on the open­ing track,

King­size, a spo­ken-word piece that provoca­tively lays its cards on the ta­ble. For the re­main­der of

Apoca­lypse, girl – Hval’s third solo al­bum – there is an in­trigu­ing, but not al­ways suc­cess­ful col­li­sion of styles. Am­bi­ent, soft white-noise ex­per­i­ments such as White

Un­der­ground and the closing 10-minute track, Holy Land, tend to drift aim­lessly, and so it is left to tracks such as Take Care

of Your­self, Heaven and An­gels and Anaemia to pro­vide bal­last. This be­ing said, Hval is clearly one to watch, and Apoca­lypse,

girl is a smart one to lis­ten to. jen­ny­h­val.com

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