Love in the Time of Science

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Because Emiliana Torrini hails from Iceland and favors mid-tempo electronica behind her smooth pop melodies, comparisons to Björk are inevitable. On those few occasions on Love in the Time of Science when Torrini sings out and lets her voice soar, especially on "Telepathy," she does sound like her compatriot, but most of the time, Torrini has her own style -- and a charming one it is. Intimate and restrained, with a whispery edge and a melancholy center, her voice is invitingly introspective, lightly swinging on "Unemployed in Summertime" and slightly soulful on "Tuna Fish." Atop a blue-toned blend of soft electronic beats, gently plucked guitars, soothing keyboard ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Because Emiliana Torrini hails from Iceland and favors mid-tempo electronica behind her smooth pop melodies, comparisons to Björk are inevitable. On those few occasions on Love in the Time of Science when Torrini sings out and lets her voice soar, especially on "Telepathy," she does sound like her compatriot, but most of the time, Torrini has her own style -- and a charming one it is. Intimate and restrained, with a whispery edge and a melancholy center, her voice is invitingly introspective, lightly swinging on "Unemployed in Summertime" and slightly soulful on "Tuna Fish." Atop a blue-toned blend of soft electronic beats, gently plucked guitars, soothing keyboard washes, and slowly syncopated bass, Torrini explores the emotional terrain of broken romances and renewed hope. In her early twenties, she's a youthful romantic at heart, but a self-aware and clear-eyed one "It shouldn't hurt me to be free/ It's what I need/ To pull myself together" goes the chorus of "To Be Free". Emiliana Torrini's not the only woman to examine love in the time of programming, Beth Orton and Dido also come to mind, but she's one of the most alluring.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Females in rock received a massive push toward the end of the '90s thanks to the spirited effort of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair and the fierce drive of urban female artists such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. During the new millennium the door remained open for other female singer/songwriters, including Emiliana Torrini. Torrini's beautiful vocals match the translucence of Beth Orton and Kate Bush and the undying passion of Björk. Her debut Love in the Time of Science is a shimmering delight of gossamer lyrics and swooning instrumental imagery. Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal assists with production and songwriting, enabling Torrini's voice to soar over intricate basslines and synth programming. In addition to her dramatic roar, Torrini brings a subtle hush to her songs as well. "Tuna Fish" and "Dead Things" are deep reflections of emotional pain and social frustration. Elsewhere, the album further explores the creative core of this artist who's aching for an answer, begging for an explanation through song. But Torrini isn't entirely absorbed by heavy moods. She's refreshing on the cathartic "Unemployed in Summertime," a breezy seascape of jazzy bass loops and delicate string arrangements. "Telepathy" is the album's zenith and swan song -- full of crashing horns and percussion clamoring with Torrini's vibrance. Love in the Time of Science is a sharp and impressive debut effort from an artist who bears watching in the future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384835224
  • Catalog Number: 48352
  • Sales rank: 46,778

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 To Be Free (3:25)
  2. 2 Wednesday's Child (3:54)
  3. 3 Baby Blue (4:05)
  4. 4 Dead Things (4:25)
  5. 5 Unemployed in Summertime (3:46)
  6. 6 Easy (3:21)
  7. 7 Fingertips (3:44)
  8. 8 Telepathy (4:00)
  9. 9 Tuna Fish (3:12)
  10. 10 Summerbreeze (3:48)
  11. 11 Sea People (1:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emiliana Torrini Primary Artist, Vocals
Clive Deamer Percussion, Drums
Alan Griffiths Guitar, Keyboards
Mark O'Donoughue Guitar, Keyboards
Roland Orzabal Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Siggi Baldursson Percussion, Drums
Mark Abis Guitar
Jóhann Jóhannsson Keyboards
Eg White Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Alan Griffiths Programming, Producer
Mark O'Donoughue Programming, Engineer
Roland Orzabal Programming, Producer
Nilesh "Nilz" Patel Mastering
Emiliana Torrini Producer
Matt Roach Art Direction
Eg White Programming, Producer, Engineer
Mark Abis Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a great mix of "love" and "science"!

    I never really remembered her music from the LOTR sndtrack, but i still bought this album with high hopes. High hopes were exceeded! With romantic and heartwrenching words and beautiful music, Emiliana Torrini's debut album is surely one to enjoy for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I love this album. Ever since I heard Emiliana on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, I knew I had to have her album. I was not disappointed I must say. It's very unique, her voice is amazingly beautiful, it's one that you have to get used to. Listen to the lyrics, and you'll see she's got something to say, even if she's not always up-front about it. My favorite song would have to be Telepathy, "Until we burn we never learn what we have until it's gone." I checked so many places for her CD and found it while I was out of town, I haven't seen another copy anywhere that I have looked, so I would reccomend ordering it, you'll be glad you did.

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