REVIEW: Before we get into the second episode lets have a quick look back at the premiere. The tenor of discussions here at the Stuff office and in the comments our readers left was that TV3 so far has done a decent job with The X Factor
SING TO THE MOON Laura Mvula (Sony) UK soul siren might not have anything particularly unique to say – let’s face it we’ve all heard about a love that didn’t belong – but there is something unique about the way she says (or rather, sings it. Her debut album is full of beautiful phrasing, gospel choir leanings that make for unusual arrangements and a voice that’s pure and resonant in the way that fans of Jill Scott or, dare one say it Nina Simone, might relate too.
LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL Emile Sande (Universal) There’s no doubt Scottish siren Emile Sande was the pop diva breakthrough o of 2012.
THE BITTER SEA Nina McSweeney (FMR) Don’t be fooled by the Massive Attack approach of the opening track on Nina McSweeney’s debut album. There’s a lot more depth and substance to the Kiwi songwriter, who has featured on the Concord Dawn tracks Easy Life and The River, than the sound-alike single Lost In Translation might suggest.
Here’s an experiment: try thinking of a song not as a song but as a collection of distinct musical attributes.