JoAnnA WALL­fisch

Blood & Bone (www.joan­nawall­

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Joanna Wall­fisch of­ten cre­ates a shiny mu­si­cal sur­face on which the lis­tener may safely glide over her lyrics’ emo­tional barbs and snags, so much of her work could be dis­missed as merely pleas­ant, when in fact her words can gen­er­ate grip­ping un­der­tows. This fourth al­bum from the US-based English singer, song-writer and mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist con­tin­ues her dis­tinc­tive oeu­vre of meld­ing jazz, pop, folk, cabaret and con­tem­po­rary art-mu­sic el­e­ments. On The Shadow of Your Ghost the mu­sic sheds any skin of blitheness to am­plify an ac­count of a poi­sonous re­la­tion­ship, and in fact the al­bum is al­most a song-cy­cle about the heal­ing of a bro­ken heart. She uses ex­cep­tional mu­si­cians (Elias Meis­ter’s gui­tar solo on Lul­laby Girl will singe your ear-hairs), and her at­trac­tive singing con­tains an un­usual mix of clipped dic­tion and ex­posed-nerve vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

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