Album Review: Settle Down by Flora Reed

Album Name: Settle Down
Artist: Flora Reed
Year/Label: 2002 / Soft Alarm Music

Buy the CD

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Flora Reed’s music is warm and inviting. She favours a Pop-flavoured folk sound that suits her songs well.

The quiet “Wake Up Laughing” has her emoting beautifully. The sweetly evocative song is very lovely.

The title song is gently played but carries barbed words.

“I look simple enough, but you know the truth. I am not quite dangerous. Still I’m a killer of sorts”

She sings like a less frantic Kristin Hersh.

“Beloved” was inspired by Toni Morrison’s famous novel of that title. It’s haunting and minimal and Reed’s voice is strong on it. I’d say she does the book justice.

“Calm what Was” is upbeat musically but could hardly be called a happy song.

The cover of Björk’s “Joga” rounds off the album nicely. It’s done a capella and gives Reed the opportunity to let her voice shine. And shine it does.

“Settle Down” is an amazing record.

Posted on November 19, 2002

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Flowers At My Feet
2. Wake Up Laughing
3. Settle Down
4. Happiness Is
5. Beloved
6. Mutter
7. Just Ask
8. Sweetly Said
9. Calm What Was
10. Who Brought You Down
11. Joga

[Flora Reed Official Site]


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.