Noth­ing wa­tered down

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Lisa Han­ni­gan first came to promi­nence pro­vid­ing vo­cals on Damien Rice’s huge sell­ing O al­bum. Since then she has carved out a suc­cess­ful solo ca­reer as be­fits some­one pos­sessed of a great voice and song­writ­ing skills.

Her de­but solo al­bum Sea Sew earned her Mer­cury Mu­sic Prize nom­i­na­tion and that was fol­lowed by the com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful Pas­sen­ger in 2011.

Now her third al­bum is here and it’s her best yet. If pre­vi­ously her work could flirt dan­ger­ously with twee­dom, her new songs are darker and more mus­cu­lar.

Pro­duced by Aaron Dess­ner of The Na­tional af­ter he e-mailed her out of the blue with a sug­ges­tion that they work to­gether, the col­lab­o­ra­tion has re­sulted in a splen- did al­bum.

A change in per­sonal cir­cum­stances had af­fected her song­writ­ing muse, but Dess­ner’s in­ter­ven­tion changed that.

Af­ter ex­chang­ing ideas via e-mail the pair fi­nally met up in Den­mark, be­fore record­ing the al­bum in a church in Hud­son, New York.

Dess­ner seems to have drawn out a grit­tier side to Han­ni­gan’s song­writ­ing and lyri­cally and mu­si­cally her in­die folkex­erts a pow­er­ful ef­fect on the lis­tener.

Tracks such as Prayer For The Dy­ing sees Han­ni­gan take an un­flinch­ing look at the harsh re­al­i­ties of life (and death).

Her soar­ing voice can up­lift even the gloomi­est lyric, and added to the stately pi­ano-play­ing con­jures up an at­mos­phere of glo­ri­ous gloom. To be in with a chance of win­ning this al­bum an­swer this ques­tion. Where was Han­ni­gan born? En­tries to, Lisa, Nigel Thorn­ton, Peter­bor­ough Telegraph, Unex House - Suite B,Bourges Boule­vard, Peter­bor­ough, PE1 1NG by Au­gust 26.

Lisa Han­ni­gan

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