Lisa Hannigan ‘Passenger’ Review

Lisa Hannigan’s debut album had lush song writing, while the instrumentation was something to rival PJ Harvey; however this second album sees the singer plodding on the same ground.

The saviour of this album is Hannigan’s voice; her sweet, fragile voice adds emotion to some bland and rather cold lyrics: “If due to your hurry, you were hit by a lorry” is just an example which sounds like a seven year old trying to rhyme words. However, after an album of hearing her voice it does become irritating, the reason for this is that her voice is too fragile for the more upbeat songs and the two don’t blend together well, also when Lisa and Ray LaMontagne sing together the two again don’t harmonise well.

The second half of the album, when the pace slows is some of her best work, aside from the song ‘Passenger’ which is purely irritating. This isn’t one of the worst albums of the year, but it does lack emotion, she doesn’t seem to have anything to say; while the instrumentation isn’t anything new.

This is a pretty average album from the former long time collaborator of Damien Rice, it’s not terrible but there’s no connection to the audience. Granted there were high expectations after the Mercury Nominated debut, but this album fails to the reach them.

Key Songs: Little Bird, Paper House and Nowhere to Go

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Mercury Prize A Short Review

PJ Harvey (the bookies favourite), walked away with the mercury prize again! It is a well deserved award, her album whilst not an easy listen; through her brutal lyrics (she references wars and the Gallipoli campaign), she ties it in with soft melodies and rhythm. It is also a great achievement for PJ Harvey to become not only the first woman to win the Mercury (back in 2001 with Stories from the City) but now she is the first artist to win the award twice.

Last year I got the winner right with The XX but this year I was wrong as my money was on Elbow’s Build a Rocket Boys! It sees these everyday rockers showing their most creative side whilst the lyrics are solely rooted in urban life.

What I found disappointing when I first heard the nominations is that Villagers, who was shortlisted, failed to make the final cut; as Conor J. O’Brien created a tender album that swells with each listening. However, the list of nominations was extremely high this year and PJ Harvey definitely deserves to win again. Congrats!

The Nominations were as follows:

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

Adele – 21

Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi

Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys!

Everything Everything – Man Alive

Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter and Melancholy Jam

Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau

James Blake – James Blake

Katy B – On A Mission

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

Metronomy – The English Riviera

Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy