Album Name: Staros
Artist: Nina Hynes
Year/Label: 2002 / Reverb Records
Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
Nina Hynes’ debut EP “Creation” promised much and now the full-length album is finally here. The Irish singer does not disappoint. She still makes evocative electronic based pop and her voice recalls Björk at times.
The speedy “Mono Prix” is a perfect pop moment that brings welsh band Catatonia to mind. But they never wrote a song this special. Its joyous feel and lovely melody is in a class of its own.
“Universal” has Hynes intoning the words in a Björk-ish way. The song is grandly orchestrated and has a stirring chorus.
The melancholy “Last Song of the 20th Century” describes our mad times in detail. Its poignancy is supported by Hynes’ wide-eyed delivery.
“Dive” is intimate and surging with Hynes sounding like a siren come to bring sailors to their doom.
“Staros” is a charming and varied record that should appeal to most tastes.
Posted on November 12, 2002
Listen to track samples
1 Time Flies
2 Mono Prix
4 The Other Side of Now
5 Last Song of the 20th Century
10 Zhivago Blue