Album Review: Tinderbox by Jo Gabriel

Album Name: Tinderbox
Artist: Jo Gabriel
Year/Label: 2003 / Faith Strange

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Jo Gabriel has been recording for quite a while now, but has failed to get the attention she deserves. Her new record “Tinderbox” is a short album dominated by her voice and piano.

The title track has very disturbing lyrics and Gabriel’s haunted voice gets to the heart of them.

“Island” is a lovely, sweeping song. Gabriel’s work here reminds me of Kate Bush, which is a good thing obviously.

“Give it Back” uses Jo Gabriel’s most fluid piano-playing and she sings it wonderfully. Strands of Hildegard von Bingen’s music is used in an artful way.

“Broken” sees Gabriel borrowing a bit more from Hildegard and adding her own melody and lyrics.

“Little Birds” is another stunning track.

It’s a short but worthwhile record. I hope Jo Gabriel gets heard more this time round.

Posted on September 14, 2003

Track Listing
1. Nightdigging
2. Tinderbox
3. Island
4. Wash Away
5. Give It Back
6. Broken
7. Little Birds

[Jo Gabriel Official Site]


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