V2 Records – 2005 – 37 minutes

Norwegian-born, Swedish-resident Ane Brun's second album is minimalist and almost misleading in its simplicity.

Opening with the lyric-light 'To Let Myself Go' the album showcases the beautiful, almost orchestral music to great effect. Strings dominate here and give the collection a soothing feel. Brun's acoustic guitar playing often makes it sound as though this is just a spur-of-the-moment thing.

The lack of any fussy production allows Brun's startling vocal to shine also. Both gentle and rousing, it is strongly reminiscent of the likes of Peggy Lee and Judy Garland. Brun sounds like one of the great jazz singers of a bygone era.

The songs really take a backseat to Brun's singing, but the highlights include 'My Lover Will Go', the title track and 'Song No. 6' with Ron Sexsmith. This is an album to linger over and savour.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: To Let Myself Go – Rubber & Soul – Balloon Ranger – My Lover Will Go – Temporary Dive – Laid In Earth – This Voice – Where Friend Rhymes With End – Song No. 6 (feat. Ron Sexsmith) – The Fight Song