Album Review

Long Lost, The – “Long Lost, The” – [Ninja Tune]

humana   5/1/2009   A Library, CD

Husband and wife Alfred and Laura Darlington are artists in the true sense of the word, and this album is finely crafted in every detail, from the music to the lyrics right down to the artwork in the liner notes and on the CD itself. Laura???s amazingly lovely voice is often joined by Alfred???s nice voice in fetching duets or just layered over itself in tantalizing, heartwrenching harmonies. Guitar, flute, clarinet, toy and thumb piano, and electroacoustics accompany these gentle songs that range from romantic, effervescent pop (1, 13) to the desolation of forsaken dreams and loneliness (9, 11). My absolute favorite is 5, but each and every song is a treasure, meant to be listened to while reading the lyrics and taking in the artwork unique to each song in the liner notes.
PGM: Every song ends around :04.

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