Blood From A Stone - Hanne Hukkelberg
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  • Summary: The latest album for the Norwegian singer-songwriter.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    Despite being her most superficially conventional work to date it may be her most slow-burning, with less of the bricolage charm that distinguished the earlier work. [May 2009, p.89]
  2. Her ability to sound so eccentric yet create music so inherently comfortable is no small feat; by now, we know that wherever she goes to write her albums, and whatever bric-a-brac she ends up playing, the end result is always going to be sublime, and Blood From a Stone is no exception.
  3. This is a singer's album, highlighting Hukkelberg's voice above all else.
  4. This is a fairly straightforward rock record, to some degree, and its simplicity takes away from those moments in which Hukkelberg thrives.
  5. Although those searching for a raised pulse will find the title all too appropriate, Blood From A Stone’s hushed, held-breath, Cocteau Twins-ish atmosphere is addictive.
  6. No one should have expected getting Blood from a Stone to be easy, but it's a shame it had to be this much of a chore.
  7. While album opener 'Midnight Sun Dream' hints at the potential of Hukkelberg’s abilities within this new, less experimental-sounding context, the rest of the tracks quickly devolve into a series of anonymous encounters where style trumps substance.

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