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Mon, 13 Jun 2005

Fisherman's Woman / Emiliana Torrini
I first discovered Emiliana Torrini in those evil days of file sharing networks. I was looking for Neil Diamond's cover of If You Go Away and found hers instead. Truly a serendipitous moment, since Ms. Torrini gave the song a sadness and an emotional depth beyond other versions I'd heard. I went looking for other songs she'd recorded but was disappointed; they were all straight covers that added nothing.

Flash forward a year. I was sitting in a theater, watching The Two Towers. And over the closing credits was transfixed by Gollum's Song. The singer was familiar, but I couldn't place her. It was of course Ms. Torrini, breaking into the big time.

Now we have a whole album of Emiliana Torrini. Her voice most resembles fellow Icelander Björk, although I find her more accessible in both her performance and choice of material. That is to say that she's distinctive but manages to avoid crossing the line into bizarre.

Not that there's anything wrong with bizarre.

Fisherman's Woman
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