Album Review: The Underground Forest Jennifer Hruska

Album Name: The Underground Forest
Artist: Jennifer Hruska
Year/Label: 2008 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Jennifer Hruska was inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ book “Women Who Run With the Wolves” when she recorded this album. It’s appropriately mysterious and she uses a layered sound.

“La que sabe” starts our journey, a mystical evoking of one who knows all. Hruska recalls artists like Loreena McKennitt(only fiercer) and perhaps Dalbello.

“Inside Silence” is softer, the vocal showing off its higher register. The sound is rich and varied.

“Sealskin Soulskin” is electonica with an organic soul, Hruska going to the center of her mythic tale.

“Edge of Chaos” throbs with quiet creepiness and the singer’s chanted, wordless vocal which speals volumes.

It’s a powerful debut and one that’s sure to give Hruska a following.

Track Listing
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1 La Que Sabe
2 Hold Me Down
3 Inside Silence
4 Dirty Goddess
5 Sealskin Soulskin
6 Lady Death
7 Edge of Chaos
8 D’Anger

[Jennifer Hruska Official Site]

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