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Most recent release, Passenger (2011)
Vocally, similar to Imogen Heap; musically, a bit like Laura Marling and, sometimes, like a less introverted Stina Nordenstam
Lisa Hannigan used to accompany Damien Rice, and has released a solo album which more than stands up on its own. (lotterose @ gmail.com)Recommended first album:
Lisa Hannigan—vocals, guitar, harmonium
Tom Osander—drums, xylophone, shakeroo, guitar (9)
Apparently Lisa Hannigan's still pretty strongly tied to Damien Rice in some minds, but people (like me) who haven't heard a note of anything Rice has done will still enjoy this. The music ranges from tranquil folk tracks such as "Venn Diagram" and "Splishy Splashy" to more upbeat songs such as "Keep It All," with its prominent backbeat. And then there are songs that simply lodge themselves in your mind, like the lilting, sinuous "Pistachio." The numerous violin and cello parts keep this from becoming monotonous—check out the particularly gorgeous passage at the climax of "Teeth".
I feel that this album should have grabbed me more than it actually has. It's very pleasant, her voice is distinctive, but I'm still not blown away. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks to Sarah Morayati and JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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