Eliza Carthy

Eliza Carthy

Angels & Cigarettes

Warner Bros.

If Tori Amos had studied violin instead of piano, she might have sounded a lot like Eliza Carthy. After a couple of indie releases, Eliza Carthy has broken out with a major label release. Angels & Cigarettes is a beautiful, captivating record, accentuated by superb production values. Produced by Al Scott, the disc fuses classical, folk, and pop elements together into a dense, evocative sound. But the strength of her music isn’t the arrangements, but the lyrics. Her songs are deceptively lovely, often laced with painful pearls of truth. It’s the “spoonful of sugar” theory at work. Give you something pretty, then hit you with something you might not like otherwise. It’s quite effective, and makes Eliza Carthy’s Angels & Cigarettes a really solid, interesting album, perfect for a rainy late afternoon.

http://www.elizacarthy.com, http://www.wbr.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Violinist Gregory Harrington
    Violinist Gregory Harrington

    Renowned violinist Gregory Harrington unveils how he chose elegant covers on his new album Without You.

  • Sparks

    A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (BMG). Review by Generoso Fierro.

  • Lucifer Star Machine
    Lucifer Star Machine

    Devil’s Breath (Sign Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Let My Daughter Go
    Let My Daughter Go

    The latest from Creston Mapes, “Let My Daughter Go” delivers everything his dedicated disciples have come to expect – inspiring heroes and despicable villains, along with plenty of action and non-stop tension.

  • Iron City Houserockers
    Iron City Houserockers

    Have a Good Time, But Get Out Alive (Cleveland International). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Carleen Williams
    Carleen Williams

    “Home Stretch”. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Dennis and Lois
    Dennis and Lois

    Music superfans Lois and Dennis have been attending concerts and befriending musicians since the ’70s. The couple shares their obsessive music fandom with the rest of the world in this quirky, charming documentary.

  • COVID Diary #3
    COVID Diary #3

    Forced isolation, too much coffee and a stack of records result in a batch of attention deficit record reviews.

  • Beach Slang
    Beach Slang

    The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City (Bridge Nine Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Monks Road Social
    Monks Road Social

    Humanism (Monk’s Road Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives