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Alternative & Indie - Released September 9, 2013 | Rough Trade

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 31, 2005 | Rough Trade

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Pop/Rock - Released September 8, 2008 | Rough Trade

Emiliana Torrini revisits her relationship with producer Dan Carney on Me and Armini, which mixes fingerplucked folk with touches of jazz, dancehall, electronica, and pop. Splitting the difference between the intimate acoustics of 2005's Fisherman's Woman and the trip-hop experiments of Love in the Time of Science, Me and Armini finds room for Torrini to flex all of her musical muscles. She's a sultry mistress during "Gun," where she peppers the verses with blasts of hot breath cloaked in echo. It's a surprisingly sexy performance -- almost feline, not unlike something by the Kills -- with a muted guitar riff that threatens to explode but stubbornly keeps its composure. Elsewhere, Torrini tones down the heat in favor of winsome pop, mimicking a percussive instrument on "Jungle Drum" and filling "Big Jumps" with strings of endearing doop-de-doop vocals. Several songs also cement her musical connection to Björk -- an easy link to make, perhaps, given the women's shared Icelandic heritage, but a factual one nevertheless -- and tunes like "Birds" and "Heard It All Before" show that both singers employ similar vocal ticks. Elsewhere, Torrini's material evokes the jazzy cadence of Inara George or even the reggae-tinged swagger of Lily Allen, particularly on the album's breezy title track. Yet comparisons to other artists don't quite do Emiliana Torrini justice, as she's carved out her own sonic space over the course of several albums. With its wide array of genres -- all executed with earnestness and confidence -- Me and Armini emerges as an album suitable for bookworms and beach bunnies, homebodies and world travelers, dancers and wallflowers. Highly recommended. © Andrew Leahey /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 22, 1999 | One Little Independent Records

Females in rock received a massive push toward the end of the '90s thanks to the spirited effort of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair and the fierce drive of urban female artists such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. During the new millennium the door remained open for other female singer/songwriters, including Emiliana Torrini. Torrini's beautiful vocals match the translucence of Beth Orton and Kate Bush and the undying passion of Björk. Her debut Love in the Time of Science is a shimmering delight of gossamer lyrics and swooning instrumental imagery. Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal assists with production and songwriting, enabling Torrini's voice to soar over intricate basslines and synth programming. In addition to her dramatic roar, Torrini brings a subtle hush to her songs as well. "Tuna Fish" and "Dead Things" are deep reflections of emotional pain and social frustration. Elsewhere, the album further explores the creative core of this artist who's aching for an answer, begging for an explanation through song. But Torrini isn't entirely absorbed by heavy moods. She's refreshing on the cathartic "Unemployed in Summertime," a breezy seascape of jazzy bass loops and delicate string arrangements. "Telepathy" is the album's zenith and swan song -- full of crashing horns and percussion clamoring with Torrini's vibrance. Love in the Time of Science is a sharp and impressive debut effort from an artist who bears watching in the future. © MacKenzie Wilson /TiVo
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Pop - Released September 20, 2010 | One Little Independent Records

Living up to its straightforward name, Rarities pulls together two CDs' worth of tracks that previously appeared on singles and other non-album releases, building on the original (and long out of print) release of a single-disc promotional compilation first released in 2000. That effort helped as a bit of a catchall in terms of presenting more of the obscure corners of Torrini's work following the previous year's Love in the Time of Science; here the far more comprehensive collection becomes the definitive one, presenting both a broader range of original songs as well as remixes from her time on the One Little Indian label. Strictly speaking, not everything lives up to the album title -- songs like "Wednesday's Child" and "Tuna Fish" are hardly unknown songs, but hearing the acoustic version of the latter track is a nice treat, even if it's less strictly acoustic than an understated blend of that style and soft electronics that fully suits her gentle mélange of sonic approaches. The cover of the Jacques Brel-written "If You Go Away" and the rough one-take sound of "7-Up Days," a small bit of shimmering psychedelia, also stand out. The various remixes, including multiple entries for "To Be Free," "Easy," "Unemployed in Summertime," and "Baby Blue," if anything, serve as a fair enough state-of-techno overview for the time period; there's not much in the way of lost classics but it's an instant memory prompter for the time of Tori Amos meets Armand Van Helden collaborations. (The Tore Johansson mix of "Unemployed in Summertime," skittering beats below a steady acoustic strum, makes for a gentle highlight that also shows off Torrini's singing to full effect; the Dreamhouse Radio version exchanges the strum for sleek '80s funk, and quite beautifully at that.) Above all else, Torrini's ear for gorgeously moody music to match her equally strong singing reigns paramount; if it's not a concise, career-spanning greatest-hits collection it still serves as an excellent introduction to her late-'90s work for the curious listener. © Ned Raggett /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released March 9, 2009 | Rough Trade

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Electronic - Released January 1, 2001 | One Little Independent Records

Living up to its straightforward name, Rarities pulls together two CDs' worth of tracks that previously appeared on singles and other non-album releases, building on the original (and long out of print) release of a single-disc promotional compilation first released in 2000. That effort helped as a bit of a catchall in terms of presenting more of the obscure corners of Torrini's work following the previous year's Love in the Time of Science; here the far more comprehensive collection becomes the definitive one, presenting both a broader range of original songs as well as remixes from her time on the One Little Indian label. Strictly speaking, not everything lives up to the album title -- songs like "Wednesday's Child" and "Tuna Fish" are hardly unknown songs, but hearing the acoustic version of the latter track is a nice treat, even if it's less strictly acoustic than an understated blend of that style and soft electronics that fully suits her gentle mélange of sonic approaches. The cover of the Jacques Brel-written "If You Go Away" and the rough one-take sound of "7-Up Days," a small bit of shimmering psychedelia, also stand out. The various remixes, including multiple entries for "To Be Free," "Easy," "Unemployed in Summertime," and "Baby Blue," if anything, serve as a fair enough state-of-techno overview for the time period; there's not much in the way of lost classics but it's an instant memory prompter for the time of Tori Amos meets Armand Van Helden collaborations. (The Tore Johansson mix of "Unemployed in Summertime," skittering beats below a steady acoustic strum, makes for a gentle highlight that also shows off Torrini's singing to full effect; the Dreamhouse Radio version exchanges the strum for sleek '80s funk, and quite beautifully at that.) Above all else, Torrini's ear for gorgeously moody music to match her equally strong singing reigns paramount; if it's not a concise, career-spanning greatest-hits collection it still serves as an excellent introduction to her late-'90s work for the curious listener. © Ned Raggett /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released February 14, 2005 | Rough Trade

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Pop/Rock - Released May 23, 2005 | Rough Trade

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 13, 2009 | Rough Trade

Emiliana Torrini revisits her relationship with producer Dan Carney on Me and Armini, which mixes fingerplucked folk with touches of jazz, dancehall, electronica, and pop. Splitting the difference between the intimate acoustics of 2005's Fisherman's Woman and the trip-hop experiments of Love in the Time of Science, Me and Armini finds room for Torrini to flex all of her musical muscles. She's a sultry mistress during "Gun," where she peppers the verses with blasts of hot breath cloaked in echo. It's a surprisingly sexy performance -- almost feline, not unlike something by the Kills -- with a muted guitar riff that threatens to explode but stubbornly keeps its composure. Elsewhere, Torrini tones down the heat in favor of winsome pop, mimicking a percussive instrument on "Jungle Drum" and filling "Big Jumps" with strings of endearing doop-de-doop vocals. Several songs also cement her musical connection to Björk -- an easy link to make, perhaps, given the women's shared Icelandic heritage, but a factual one nevertheless -- and tunes like "Birds" and "Heard It All Before" show that both singers employ similar vocal ticks. Elsewhere, Torrini's material evokes the jazzy cadence of Inara George or even the reggae-tinged swagger of Lily Allen, particularly on the album's breezy title track. Yet comparisons to other artists don't quite do Emiliana Torrini justice, as she's carved out her own sonic space over the course of several albums. With its wide array of genres -- all executed with earnestness and confidence -- Me and Armini emerges as an album suitable for bookworms and beach bunnies, homebodies and world travelers, dancers and wallflowers. Highly recommended. © Andrew Leahey /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released October 13, 2008 | Rough Trade

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Pop/Rock - Released August 18, 2008 | Rough Trade

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 8, 2008 | One Little Independent Records

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Electronic - Released January 1, 2000 | One Little Independent Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 22, 2013 | Rough Trade

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Electronic - Released January 1, 1999 | One Little Independent Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 11, 2013 | Rough Trade

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 2, 2013 | Rough Trade

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Electronic - Released January 1, 2001 | One Little Independent Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 31, 2007 | One Little Independent Records