Album Review: Notes on Love by Petra Jean Phillipson

Album Name: Notes on Love
Artist: Petra Jean Phillipson
Year/Label: 2005 / Gronland Records

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Petra Jean Phillipson once sang in the group The Free Association, and got some acclaim for that. Her solo debut sees her singing gorgeously haunting songs.

“I Want The impossible” sees her singing to a spooky backing. “I want to have a penis for a day” she muses.

“Independent Woman” is a skewed blues song that she handles well. Her vocal is tough and tender at once.

“Nothing If Not Writing Time” sees her evoking the softer side of P.J Harvey.

“Play Play” gives off a weird vibe. Phillipson has a ghostly presence and the guitar is cool.

“Into My Arms” is one of Nick Cave’s finest songs and she does it justice.

“I don’t believe in an interventionist God” is a great way to start a song if not terribly rock’n’roll. Phillipson sings the words sweetly and with feeling.

“Notes on Love” is a great debut.

Posted on August 10, 2005

Track Listing
1. I Want The Impossible
2. One Day
3. Independant Woman
4. Billy Steaks
5. Nothing If Not Writing Time
6. I’m Lying
7. Play Play
8. Into My Arms
9. On Me Jack
10. Wild Fire
11. Cradle Of Your Smile

[Petra Jean Phillipson Official Site]


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