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Album Review

Put together Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones and strip them of such deliciously straightforward lyrics as McLachlan's "Your love is better than ice cream," and what you get is bound to resemble Sarah Blasko on The Overture & the Underscore: an entrancing artist who sings exceptionally well but is bent on making you guess what brews within her heart rather than pouring it out to you. "Disconnected things, you exist within a kind of truth/And the consequence is a consummated trial of fire," she sings on "Always Worth It," a smart, moody slice of pure pop that's typical of the 11 songs gathered on this debut. Where most pop grabs hold instantaneously, though, Blasko's brand, punctuated by gentle synth, guitar, and piano melodies, takes its time sinking in. The result is a disc more like barrel-aged wine than fast-melting ice cream. But that's not to say some of the lyrics, like "Between love we make divide/Confusion translates what you can't explain," from "True Intentions," won't give you brain freeze.

Customer Reviews

a true gem

actually picked up this album the stone-age way...perusing the Borders headphone stations. After a sea of mediocrity, Sarah Blasko was the last album I gave a listen to and after 5 seconds and countless goosebumps later, I rushed out with this fantastic album. Sarah's voice is stellar and comforting, all her own yet reminiscent of an amalgam of singers like Bjork, Fiona, and Dido, (to name a few). The production, song structure, and overall ambience are just phenomenal. Powerful music with a beautiful singer.


Of all the female singer-songwriters with the whole smoky voice, acoustic alt/rock vibe going on that I came across last year, Sarah Blasko was the only one who stuck out to me and hooked me. And I think it has a lot to do with the first track on this album, All Coming Back. The song starts out mid-tempo and pretty mellow with these menacing undertones, like it's building up to something and you just know that come the second round of the chorus, it's going to explode. But it never does. It just kind of teases you, which is very clever and was a great choice to open her album with. I must say that with every listen, this album gets better. There's just so many layers to it and every time I listen to it, it picks away at my gut a little bit more and I discover something new. Every time I listen to it, I feel refreshed. She's also got a great voice. It's a bit tough (in a good way) and longing, but still maintains it's femininity and pretty sound. Bottom line, buy this album and pass her name on to as many people as possible!

A great step...

I actually heard Sarah Blasko's second cd first, and I was blown away by it. After a while I checked out Overture and found it to be just as pleasing. I wouldn't say that the songs are more simple, but they do go in a different direction than WTSW. Don't U Eva is quite catchy, but the best song on the album in my opinion is Cinders. Blasko's voice is the star here...delicate yet throaty, with just enough Aussie accent to give you goose bumps!


Born: September 23, 1976 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Australian songwriter Sarah Blasko arrived in the U.S. in 2005 with a pedigree that couldn't be ignored: trailing a list of ARIA Award nominations in the categories of Best Album, Best Female Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist, and Best Pop Release, she also distinguished herself -- and perked up the ears of rock skeptics -- by being tagged somewhere along her cross-continental journey with the moniker "Girliohead." The comparisons were not unfounded. Like Radiohead and the countless lovelorn, world-weary,...
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The Overture & the Underscore, Sarah Blasko
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  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Jun 07, 2005

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