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Ane Brun - Changing of the Seasons

Ane Brun, Changing of the Seasons

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2.5 out of 5

LIKE Sigor Ros and Feist before her, Ane Brun has achieved critical acclaim with multiple album releases (five in Norway, two in the US).

But it has taken a timely ad sync to push that door open to the British general public, and none can be more striking than her stark, understated version of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours.

The beautifully realised cover version – stripped down and ethereal as only the Scandinavians know how – featured in a huge Sky TV campaign for their High Definition output in the run-up to Christmas… and is a welcome introduction to Brun’s charms.

Sadly, her latest album Changing Of The Seasons fails to make entirely good on that potential.

As fragile, stark and tender as True Colours suggests, it doesn’t always add up to a satisfying whole in spite of a promising start.

Songs such as The Treehouse Song and The Fall certainly raise hopes, and are simple and beautiful as the law student’s cover version. But the sparseness eventually becomes a little dull.

It’s in the darker middle section of the album that references to Bjork and Joni Mitchell seem misplaced, and the haunting minimalism simply feels unwanted. You’ll need to listen to something more lively immediately afterwards to awake you from your slumber.

It’s a shame because there are songs of note on the album… but there’s just not enough to recommend Changing Of The Seasons as a complete listening experience.

Download picks: The Treehouse Song, The Fall, True Colours

Track listing:

  1. Treehouse Song
  2. Fall
  3. Puzzle
  4. My Star
  5. Ten Seconds
  6. Changing Of The Seasons
  7. Lullaby For Grown Ups
  8. Raise My Head
  9. Armour
  10. Round Table Conference
  11. Gillian
  12. Don’t Leave
  13. Linger
  14. True Colors
  15. Big In Japan