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Blood From A Stone

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Midnight Sun Dream
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Blood From A Stone
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Bandy Riddles
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No Mascara Tears
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Seventeen
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Salt Of The Earth
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No One But Yourself
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In Here/ Out There
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Crack
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Bygd Til By
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 44:49

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Peter Margasak has been a staff music writer at the Chicago Reader, where he covers everything from jazz to world music to country, since 1995. He's also a regu...more »

10.25.10
Hukkelberg pushes boldly into rock territory
Label: Nettwerk

This charmingly idiosyncratic art-pop singer from Norway takes a sharp turn with her wonderful third album, retaining the strange instrumentation and quirky arrangements of her previous work but pushing her songs boldly into rock territory. The new approach can be a shocking at first, but in the end Blood From a Stone bears many of the same creative hallmarks as its predecessors. Gone is Hukkelberg's fragile wisp of a voice, replaced by a forceful cry.… read more »

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On the surface, Blood from a Stone, Hanne Hukkelberg’s third album, may be her most direct work so far, slotting more neatly and readily into a recognizable genre type — call it dark, shoegazey, post-punk-derived art rock — than either of her previous albums, and making prominent and comparatively conventional use of electric guitars, without abandoning her distinctive found-object approach to orchestration. Hukkelberg’s music has always required repeated and attentive listening for the nuances of its elliptical melodies and intimate sound-worlds to seep through. She’s always been an artist who works in shades of gray, and Blood is close to a gunmetal smear, drawing explicit inspiration from the likes of Sonic Youth, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and PJ Harvey, Hukkelberg seems less interested in those artists’ visceral urgency than their sonic grittiness. Blood gestures toward post-punk’s primal edginess, particularly in its brutalist percussion tactics (freezers and stoves, clogs and rocks, no traditional drum kits), although her remarkable voice is put to notably less expressive use this time around. Still, things start out strong, with the lush, gauzy “Midnight Sun Dream,” the swaggering title track, and the driving “Bandy Riddles,” which boasts the album’s most sprightly melody. From there on it’s heavy going, although the songs remain respectable and even potent on a tonal and textural level, with some undeniable moments of beauty and strangeness. – K. Ross Hoffman

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