Album Review: Alta Nova by Elena Powell

Album Name: Alta Nova
Artist: Elena Powell
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Elena Powell’s latest record is full of sophisticated pop with plenty of hooks and smart lyrics.

“My Vertigo” is a stunning song with a rich instrumentation that supports Powell’s agile voice.

“First Girl on the Moon” is an up tempo song with lyrics about a space age future that fails to come true. The songs bouncy feel is irresistible.

The title track is gorgeous and has a suitably dreamy lyric.

“Sensitive Guy” has a sharp lyric and a folk-influenced melody.

The closing “Nine Million Miles” is a groove-oriented number that puts Powell’s violin to good use.

“Alta Nova” is a very appealing record that deserves to be investigated.

Posted on September 7, 2003

Track Listing
1. Waiting For the Revolution
2. My Vertigo
3. First Girl On the Moon
4. Lucky Break
5. Sneakin’ By
6. Alta Nova
7. Marianne
8. Sensitive Guy
9. After the Riots, the Junk Man
10. Twixt 11 and 12
11. Nine Million Miles

[Elena Powell Official Site]


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