Started listening to this a few weeks back when it first came out and only getting around to it now since I found to find the time to listen to this in one go. I had high expectations after her last album Fisherman’s Woman and had been listening to that one quite a lot recently. I would like to say that the expectations were met but Me And Armini didn’t quite hit them all.
There are some very special songs on here but there are also some songs from different genres that just don’t seem to gel together. The better tunes are the more acoustic ones with just her voice and a guitar but there are a few tunes where it sounds like an inexpensive keyboard instead of a band and I found this rather distracting.
Just a few thoughts on each song as I was listening to it on the way into work…
Fireheads-okbut a bit too hmmm.
Me and Armini– a bit too jazzy and backing music really trite.
Birds– now that’s like it- theres that Voice with subtle guitar.
Heard It All Before– hmm yes I think I have heard it all before. Great voice- kind of Bjorkish sounding tune. Return of computer generated beats as before but ends up ok.
Ha Ha– back to guitar and lovely voice.
Big Jumps– subtle beats and a bit less computer. Good syncopation with voice.
Jungle Drum– great beats and a boppy song. Distortion sounds add to it.
Hold Heart– excellent! Voice and a bit of Spanish guitar. Short but one of the best.
Gun– great start but doesn’t really get going.
Beggars Prayer– quiet and really good. Good sweet harmonies.
Dead Duck– good distortion and more instrumental. Good song.
Bleeder– soft voice and subtle stings- nearly a lullaby. Lovely!
I have to say that she really knows how to end albums…the problem being that I still had Serenade (which ended her last album) going through my head after listening to the album.
Beggars Bush have put up a three part YouTube about the making of the album so have a gander-