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New Zealand export Bic Runga not only wrote everything on her debut, Drive, but also played guitar and xylophone, and even served as producer. The result is a lovely first effort that hints at greater things to come. Using her engaging, childlike voice to full effect, Runga mostly ruminates on love lost and found, all within the confines of intelligent adult alternative pop. The arrangements are often sparse, as on "Drive," the violin-laced "Bursting Through," and "Suddenly Strange." She changes the pace a bit on the hypnotic "Swim," with Andrew Thorne adding some edgy guitar, and the country-tinged "Roll into One," a plea for a lover to make his move.

Biography

Born: 1976 in Christchurch, New Zealand

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

A superstar in her native New Zealand while still in her teens, singer/songwriter Bic Runga was born in Christchurch in 1976; the product of a musical family — her mother was a Malaysian nightclub performer during the 1960s — she began playing the drums at the age of 11, and within a few years was also singing with local jazz groups. Upon learning guitar and keyboards, Runga began composing her first songs, and in 1994 she relocated to Auckland to pursue a professional music career. In...
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