V2 Records - 2004 - 41 minutes
Stina Nordenstam has the kind of voice that can - depending on your mood - move you to tears or irritate beyond belief. Perhaps listening to 'The World Is Saved' on endless repeat for reviewing purposes is the wrong way to listen because the album rapidly starts to merge together in a mish-mash of little-girl-lost voice and atmospheric background music.
But that's not exactly a fair representation of Ms Nordenstam, for 'The World Is Saved' is one of the more hopeful offerings in a career which has spanned 13 years and five albums to date. Hopeful, however, in Stina-land, is a very relative term. Once again, she's prepared to bare all emotionally, with songs about broken relationships and disconnected people, sung in her trademark glacial voice. But there's optimism too, particularly in the title track and '125', and 'The World Is Saved' doesn't have the sense of foreboding that characterised 2001's 'This Is'.
Nordenstam remains a cult artist and 'The World Is Saved', for all its quiet beauty, isn't likely to change that but it may make listeners delve into her back catalogue, particularly the superb 'And She Closed Her Eyes'. Just don't put her on repeat too often.
Tracklisting: Get On With Your Life - Winter Killing - On Falling - Parliament Square - I’m Staring Out The World - From Cayman Islands With Love - The Morning Belongs To The Night - 125 - Butterfly - The World Is Saved - The End Of A Love Affair