Emiliana Torrini: Tookah

Singer’s fourth album is her most individual and cohesive statement to date – Björkisms notwithstanding

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Emiliana Torrini owes her name to her Italian father, but she is Icelandic born and bred. The comparisons with Björk are inevitable [especially when, as here, Torrini trades in the trip-hop beats that Björk used so successfully in the mid-1990s].

There are other echoes, too, though: Ray of Light-era Madonna; Latin touches to the guitars; and, more fancifully perhaps, the electropop that Stevie Nicks might now produce if so minded.

Taken together with the personal nature of the lyrics – “Tookah” is a word invented by Torrini to mean “when you feel happy, thankful and when you live from love” – this makes her fourth album her most individual and cohesive statement to date. [Björkisms notwithstanding.]

Emiliana Torrini


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