Album Review: The Overture and the Underscore by Sarah Blasko

Album Name: The Overture and the Underscore
Artist: Sarah Blasko
Year/Label: 2005 / Low Altitude Records

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Sarah Blasko has one of those voices I could listen to all damn day. It’s pretty and sexy while being strong and forceful at the same time. There’s a twinge of smoke to it too.

The music is hard to describe. I guess it’s rock, but it’s pretty edgy and not regular old rock. Not quite pop either. The songs are very well written, staying catchy and entertaining without ever straying to the boring or trite. Mainstream enough to keep newbies interested, yet intricate and layered enough to keep those of us listening for the 100th time, just as enthralled.

I noticed at Amazon that if you buy this one you can also get a copy of Carina Round’s The Disconnection and I realize they are sort of similar. Carina is a little harder, but Sarah still rocks out quite nicely.

“Beautiful Secrets” has a Radiohead quality to it.

This is an amazingly strong debut CD. In fact when I first heard someone mention this CD, I was sure she’d been around for a while and when I listened was even more sure. Then later found out this is her first release. This woman has a very promising future in music and I, for one, can’t wait to hear more. But for now, this one goes on repeat.

Stand out songs: All Coming Back, Don’t You Eva‚Ķoh hell, I can’t pick out just a few, they’re really all good and I love them more with each listen. You will too.

Posted on August 10, 2005

Track Listing
1. All Coming Back
2. Beautiful Secrets
3. Always Worth It
4. At Your Best
5. Don’t U Eva
6. Counting Sheep
7. Perfect Now
8. Sweet November
9. Cinders
10. True Intentions
11. Remorse

[Sarah Blasko Official Site]


Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: this album has an undeniable trance-like quality. It’s so perfectly summarised in the opening track All Coming Back which is in effect the albums Overscore. Sarah reveals a little about herself, and yet remains a beguiling enigman. Just as the song builds and pulls you in so completely, it draws back. Such a tease. So it is with the album, Blasko draws you in with her voice, her enchanting melodies, and then sits you back where you were at the end. It’s full of breathtaking moments. True Intentions is a song which grows and grows with each listen, Don’t U Eva is catchy and inspiring, elegant and clever pop. Always Worth It is unbelievably pure and wonderful. this woman is remarkably gifted. I can only hope the album she follows this up with matches its beauty and guile. It is without a doubt one of the most accomplished and listenable debuts I have ever heard, and was my favourite album of 2004. Electrifying.
name: Allan on Monday, October 24, 2005

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Honestly, her voice oozes sex appeal and her music is delightful. “True Intentions” is my favourite, it’s dark and doomsy. Lovely record.
name: Laura on Friday, August 12, 2005


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