Snow And Voices - What The Body Was Made For
I am not a total stranger to the female singer-songwriter genre, and I tend to enjoy artists similar to Snow And Voices; emotive, creative and talented. The songs are all built around the breezy, sensuous and pensive vocals of the gifted Lauri Kranz. The music itself is a wonderful and diverse experience of acoustic and electric styles, from folk balladry to haunting, borderline industrial pieces. Overall there is a wonderful mood created, equally haunting as it is comferting.
What The Body Was Made For is Snow And Voices' sophomore release, and it shows all of the experience Lauri and long-time collaborator Jebin Bruni (Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann) have garnered with each other over the years. Chemistry is the glue that holds the solid songs together. I am fond of the opener, "Something Good" and the way it progresses from a solemn ballad into a Enya-esque soundscape of soothing keys, atmospheric synths and a nice warm blanket of electronic drums. It may be the album's best track. Their reworking of the Door's "Touch Me" is awesome as well, taking it into much darker territory than the original. "A Little Strange" shows off that the session players make this album that much better. A varied and enjoyable record, "What The Body Was Made For" will appeal to probably a select audience, fans of Tori Amos and the like, but it's universally appealing in it's catchiness and in the beautiful expressions of Kranz's voice.
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