STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23422-12533 LABEL: WAB001 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-05-01 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
After the mainstream success of her debut album in her homeland of New Zealand, Brooke Fraser these days resides in Sydney where she attends Hillsong. For her second album, she has enlisted the help of American studios, producers and musicians and it sees her growing both musically and lyrically. This album has more of a band feel than her debut and it makes a difference on songs where she wants to up the dynamic and it's best highlighted on the excellent "Deciphering Me". I love the opening cut "Shadowfeet" which was the first thing I played on Rimmerama though the more I listen to the album, the more I am discovering. "Albertine" is a moving song written following a trip to Rwanda where she met a girl named, yes you guessed it, Albertine. Again she seems to delight in bringing aspects of her faith into her songwriting and so "C S Lewis Song" and "Hosea's Wife" nail her colours firmly to the mast. The instrumental "Epilogue" has a more experimental sound and sounds like something Mutemath would do! Ultimately, I am captivated by her writing, her voice and the whole vibe of this album. Since she's featured duetting with Tim Hughes on his new album, there's every hope that Brooke may find herself with an audience here in the UK. On the strength of this excellent album, she deserves to.
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On the strength of her 2003 debut, 'What To Do With Daylight', Brooke Fraser became one of New Zealand’s top-selling artists of all time. Given the massive commercial success of her first effort, expectations were high for 'Albertine', its follow-up. The album is reflective, intimate, and filled with fine songwriting.
Brooke shares musical territory with such American adult alternative singer-songwriters as Norah Jones and Tori Amos and her impressive voice and skills as a tunesmith indicate she might soon be sharing space on the charts with them.
Brooke recorded 'Albertine' in Hollywood with renowned producer Marshall Altman (Train, Marc Broussard & Matt Nathanson) and is now ready to conquer the rest of the world. Brooke is a member of the Hillsong United Church for which she has written two popular and best selling hymns.
Her solo album songs appeal just as much to fans of mainstream artists like Sarah McLachlan, Ingrid Michaelson and KT Tunstall.