Album Review: Island by Jo Gabriel

Album Name: Island
Artist: Jo Gabriel
Year/Label: 2005 / Kalinkaland

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

I’ve reviewed two previous albums by Jo Gabriel. This new record combines songs old and new and is her first for a new label.

The singer/pianist continues her intriguing journey. She evokes others who have played the piano, but adds her own flavor to the mix.

The album starts with the delicate “Objects in the Mirror”, a cello stands out among the instruments.

The title track is lovely and sees Gabriel’s piano playing at its finest.

“Tinderbox” is still disturbingly beautiful, Gabriel sings “Living in my tinderbox” a line worthy of Tori Amos.

“I’m Okay” is a hushed and strong song. Gabriel’s hesitant vocal adds to the tension.

“Broken” brings the album to a satisfying conclusion.

“Island” is a record I hope will bring Gabriel many new fans.

Posted on August 11, 2005

Track Listing
1. Objects in the mirror
2. Island
3. Tinderbox
4. Hold my Breath
5. Mother May I
6. I’m Okay
7. Wash away
8. Little Birds
9. The simple truth
10. If not
11. Broken

[Jo Gabriel Official Site]

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