Album Name: Electra
Artist: Penny Ikinger
Year/Label: 2003 / Career Records
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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
Australian singer Penny Ikinger arrives with a bang on “Electra”. Her music is hard-edged but intelligent and her talent as a guitarist is phenomenal.
“Kathleen” is almost like a song by Mazzy Star. Ikinger’s icy vocal is more alert than Hope Sandoval’s drowsy whispers. Then there are squalls of feedback that disturbs the peace.
“Electra” is a plaintive lament that sees Ikinger murmur “You don’t know the trouble you’re in”.
“Maid of Orleans” is a string-laden song with a strong sense of drama. Ikinger’s tale of Joan of Arc is thrilling.
“The One I sent Away” vibrates with heartbreak as Ikinger’s narrator laments the missing one. Her guitar playing is positively feral here.
“Electra” is a stellar record that should please fans of alternative rock.
Posted on January 31, 2004
1. Poison Berries
5. Maid Of Orleans
6. Audalucian Man
7. Stuck Inside
8. The One I Lent Away
10. Gladly Flip Away