Sarah Blasko As Day Follows Night
Sarah Blasko triumphantly returns with her third album, bringing an ambitious collection of songs together in an enchanted and alluring offering.
Fresh from her turn as composer for the 2008 Bell Shakespeare production of Hamlet, Blasko wrote all of the songs on the album, making a turn from her previous collaboratively written records. Much of the album was written on piano and Blasko shows the versatility of the instrument most effectively by showcasing subtle melodies (Down on Love) as well as sharp, hard hitting tracks (No Turning Back).
Produced, recorded and mixed in Stockholm with Bjorn Yttling (of Peter, Bjorn and John), the album has a uniquely different feel to Blasko’s past two records. The Bjorn influence is made quite apparent with a more acoustic and echo filled sound on tracks such as Is My Baby Yours and Hold On My Heart, reminiscent of Fleet Foxes and Emiliana Torrini, respectively. Lead track All I Want conjures up an eerie, wandering through the woods vibe with a stirring string accompaniment. Notable mention goes to my favourite track We Won’t Run, which has one hell of a catchy chorus.
Down on Love, Is My Baby Yours and I Never Knew reveal deeply personal lyrics, reminiscent of Joni Mitchell’s Blue album. However, this post break-up sound doesn’t play as a melancholic trance, but rather as a deep, self-reflective reverie that is easily a contender for the best release of the year that only gets better which each listen.