Album Review: Elixir by Saint Eve

Album Name: Elixir
Artist: Saint Eve
Year/Label: 2004 / Penabaz Music

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

L Gabrielle Penabaz has recorded an album as Saint Eve. Her inspired fusion of electronica and darkwave is thrilling.

“Bete Noire” tells of a decadent lifestyle to pulsing beats. Penabaz adopts a half-spoken vocal style that owes something to Laurie Anderson.

The glammy “Jets” has plenty of hooks and an underlying menace.

“Reina Roja” has lyrics in Spanish and crunchy Nine Inch Nails-like beats. Trent Reznor was never this much fun.

“Morgan of You” is a strong study of obsession. Penabaz’ vixen-ish vocal guides the music home.

The cover of R.E.M’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know it (and I feel fine)” is splendid.

Saint Eve’s album is a great thing.

Posted on May 11, 2004

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Heartblack Amnesiac
2. Secret Special Toy Surprise
3. Bete Noire
4. Jets
5. No Human Words
6. Good Intentions
7. Reina Roja
8. Side FX
9. Frame of Mine
10. Morgan of You
11. One Day
12. While the City Sleeps
13. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
14. Spring Cleaning

[Saint Eve Official Site]


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