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laurajansenelbaReleased: 2013

Dutch-American singer-songwriter Laura Jansen has recently released her UK debut Elba, a cascading musical fountain of dreamy pop piano with pure, elegant vocals bubbling out her thoughtful lyrics.

Influenced by Miike Snow, Sigur Ros and Kate Bush, she brings a slightly eighties vibe to the table but with a more mellow, acoustic backing. The album features duets with both Ed Harcourt and Keane’s Tom Chaplin – both vocals complimenting each other beautifully.  Same Heart with Tom Chaplin is the highlight of the album conjuring up a basic backing with a slight echo on the vocals.

A few songs are a tad uncertain, such as Pretty Me, where the lyrics seem slightly narcissistic, unless it’s meant to be ironic. The lyrics are also somewhat repetitive throughout the album; hearing the same line numerous times becomes a little tedious, but would make for a good drinking game!

If you’re a fan of relaxing, simplistic eighties ballads then this album would be right up your street. I wouldn’t suggest whacking it on as a party starter on a Saturday night though (it may end in tears).

★★★

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