The Overture and the Underscore - Sarah Blasko
Russell Degnan

It really is a travesty that I am only coming to review this CD now, well over a year since I purchased it, but as 2005 closes, so I should finish going over CDs really released in 2004. My first impressions of Sarah Blasko was that she was Angie Hart reincarnated, with her childishly sweet voice, her simple well-wrought melodies, and gamine features. If anything that has only become stronger in the past year, where she shown her penchant for an outstanding cover, and while watching her perform on Live at the Chapel. I am not sure if this has biased me in favour of her album, but it is certainly a fine one, with few weaknesses.

There is a strange disjointedness when listening to the album though. On the one hand, the layered melodies, the heavy syncopation and Blasko's vocal skills reward close listening, particularly on tracks like Counting Sheep. On the other, those melodies are terribly simple and repetitive, making me prefer to sit back and let the tune flow over -- whereby the syncopation disrupts my thoughts. The album rewards you best when you can train yourself to do both.

Track Highlights
Don't You Ever - The most radio friendly chorus, inside a well constructed upbeat song.
Counting Sheep - The best song, built on the simplest of guitar riffs.
Perfect Now - A smooth song, of guitars and strings.
Remorse - The closing track; quieter, like the ones preceding it, but with a nice finish. The bonus track after it is better again.

Finer Things 29th December, 2005 00:36:44   [#]