Album Name: Tinderbox
Artist: Jo Gabriel
Year/Label: 2003 / Faith Strange
Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
Jo Gabriel has been recording for quite a while now, but has failed to get the attention she deserves. Her new record “Tinderbox” is a short album dominated by her voice and piano.
The title track has very disturbing lyrics and Gabriel’s haunted voice gets to the heart of them.
“Island” is a lovely, sweeping song. Gabriel’s work here reminds me of Kate Bush, which is a good thing obviously.
“Give it Back” uses Jo Gabriel’s most fluid piano-playing and she sings it wonderfully. Strands of Hildegard von Bingen’s music is used in an artful way.
“Broken” sees Gabriel borrowing a bit more from Hildegard and adding her own melody and lyrics.
“Little Birds” is another stunning track.
It’s a short but worthwhile record. I hope Jo Gabriel gets heard more this time round.
Posted on September 14, 2003
4. Wash Away
5. Give It Back
7. Little Birds