Li Alin - All In
Torch songs that mix French and English lyrics with an always evocative and bare voice, Alin shares personal pain and longing back by lush sexy pop and spare piano. Drop the needle anywhere on this disc, on "Feu" or "Killing Time," on "Pray" or the stunning "Little Girl" and you will both fall in love with Alin’s vulnerability and be shaken by her power. "Jesus" channels Diamanda Galas as it does Frente!, but this is no place to roll out the tired lists of female singers to compare her to; this is a triumph that cant be sullied by any gender ghetto. Her mix of the holy and the profane is unsettling, but genuine in a truly poetic way. This is stunning, expressionistic noir that sends chills along with its love letters.
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