Album Review: Electra by Penny Ikinger

Album Name: Electra
Artist: Penny Ikinger
Year/Label: 2003 / Career Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Australian singer Penny Ikinger arrives with a bang on “Electra”. Her music is hard-edged but intelligent and her talent as a guitarist is phenomenal.

“Kathleen” is almost like a song by Mazzy Star. Ikinger’s icy vocal is more alert than Hope Sandoval’s drowsy whispers. Then there are squalls of feedback that disturbs the peace.

“Electra” is a plaintive lament that sees Ikinger murmur “You don’t know the trouble you’re in”.

“Maid of Orleans” is a string-laden song with a strong sense of drama. Ikinger’s tale of Joan of Arc is thrilling.

“The One I sent Away” vibrates with heartbreak as Ikinger’s narrator laments the missing one. Her guitar playing is positively feral here.

“Electra” is a stellar record that should please fans of alternative rock.

Posted on January 31, 2004

Track Listing
1. Poison Berries
2. Kathleen
3. Electra
4. Shipwrecked
5. Maid Of Orleans
6. Audalucian Man
7. Stuck Inside
8. The One I Lent Away
9. Spinster
10. Gladly Flip Away

[Penny Ikinger Official Site]


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