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Love in the Time of Science

Artist: Emiliana Torrini
Type: Album
Release date: 1999
Run time: 38:57
My Rating: 8

  1. To Be Free (3:25)
  2. Wednesday's Child (3:54)
  3. Baby Blue (4:05)
  4. Dead Things (4:25)
  5. Unemployed in Summertime (3:46)
  6. Easy (3:21)
  7. Fingertips (3:43)
  8. Telepathy (4:01)
  9. Tuna Fish (3:12)
  10. Summerbreeze (3:48)
  11. Sea People (1:12)


It's probably unavoidable that Torrini is going to be compared to Bjork; she has a similar enunciation and freewheeling vocal style, but hey, they're both from Iceland... the songs here as much resemble the output of Sixpence None The Richer as Bjork. You may also recall that Emiliana Torrini did "Gollum's Song" for the soundtrack of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers", and that track wouldn't be out of place on this album.

There are some very good tracks on here, mostly the light, breezy tracks such as Unemployed in Summertime, Easy, and Tuna Fish. I can't help, for some reason, feeling like I've heard Baby Blue before. I did do a web search and couldn't find any indication it was a cover however.

If I had to pick where this album is flawed, I'd say its main problem is that at times Torrini's vocals don't seem to mesh well with the instrumentation (see Telepathy, though the instrumentation is superb on that track), and that the album climax (Aforementioned track) feels like it arrives a track or two too early. I'd have moved Tuna Fish earlier in the album.

[Cover - please do not remote link]

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