Sol Skugga - Fairytales And Lullabies
What do you get when you cross Bjork and tori Amos... After one full listen, I'm gonna notate and observe as I go through a second time before commit to comparisons on this bio. The experience lingers as having been long and drawn out. Let's see what a second spin of Sweden's singer songwriter Sol Skugga.
The title track is a good indication of her sound and capabilities. A pianist with one-winded vocal performances, this track has the rigmarole of genres. Perhaps one could even say "Fairytales and Lullabies" is more musically layered than that of the aforementioned Amos. At times, Skugga can be entertain, almost engulfing a whole generation of operatic sytle singers. Another recent Music Emissions indie review comparison could be made to Versailles.
From the book of 'a little too close for comfort', comes the song entitled,"Quietly Crucified". Truth? Take away the song title, and she's got herself a solid song. Quite honestly, the more Skugga removes herself from an Amos connection the better off her singing career will be. This song has an almost indie rock feel during the most impressive vocal melt of the album. Again, over extending these vocal high points, is something of a poor side-effect. Par for the track, the ending to this "Quietly Crucified" is subtle and tasteful.
And in the very next track, "Say It", the band changes format into some sort of contemporary tweener dance music. I love my ancestors old country, but you Europeans have odd taste in music. With the exception of a little Metal riffage, "Share Tonight" followed the same path. One track of interest is "So Strange", which has a bit of spunk and entertainment value. Imagine Kylie Minogue (part 2). Later on kudos must be removed when a very strange telephone error is randomly sampled into the background. I'm so confused as to what this album is.
Like a friend (bewitchingfaery) on site said, 'It's almost as if she's trying too hard to be Tori (Amos)'. Regardless, there's a few tracks here that will certainly continue to earn her some respect. This being Skugga's third release, it's imperative that she her urges to write what's from her influences. I was pleasantly suprised when she took a few chances and would like to hear her follow those urges more.
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