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Albertine

Brooke Fraser

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Album Review

The early 21st century has seen a wave of female artists that seem to have been influenced by Tori Amos, but have given Amos' piano-heavy approach a much more apparent pop spin. Case in point, Brooke Fraser, and her 2008 U.S. debut, Albertine. Already quite popular in her homeland of New Zealand (where her 2003 debut, What to Do with Daylight, has spawned several hits and awards), Fraser's sound is quite similar to U.S. pop artists of the American Idol era. No doubt Fraser certainly possesses a heck of a voice (as evidenced by such tracks as "Deciphering Me"), and can also cook up tunes that should have no problem crossing over to the upper reaches of the U.S. pop charts (the slightly Norah Jones-ish "Lover, Where is Your Fire"). However, as with the majority of pop/rock acts of the modern era, there's nothing all that musically groundbreaking that would make Albertine stick out from the rest of the pack. That said, as her first domestic release, Albertine does indeed show great promise, and could certainly serve as a building block towards something special. Keep your peepers peeled.

Customer Reviews

Simply Outstanding

What to say? Fantastic musicality, great skill with melody, and lyrics that get right to the heart of the matter eloquently. An outstanding contribution from a gifted craftswoman.

So much more to decipher in Albertine WOW

singles are great .... however there is just soo much depth yet to explore in this album ! ! ! I love the layers of rhythm in Albertine, together with the Lyrics .. it just leaves the eyes moist.

I Cant Stop Listening

Excellent album, I do think its better than her first. The melodies and rhythm's are tight and very catchy. The lyrics are deep and the more you listen to them the more they start to pull you in and you pick up on the different layers. I cant seem to stop listening to it and picking up different songs and loving them better each time. Just great!!!

Biography

Born: 15 December 1983 in Wellington, New Zealand

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Brooke Fraser translated her pensive and intelligent folk-pop into massive commercial success, emerging as one of the best-selling New Zealand singer/songwriters in history via her 2003 debut LP, What to Do with Daylight. The daughter of Bernie Fraser, a onetime star with the New Zealand All Black rugby squad, she was born in Wellington on December 15, 1983, and studied piano from the ages of seven to 17. At 12, Fraser composed her first original song, and a few years later she taught herself guitar....
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