Me and Armini

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Emiliana Torrini revisits her relationship with producer Dan Carney on Me and Armini, which mixes fingerplucked folk with touches of jazz, dancehall, electronica, and pop. Splitting the difference between the intimate acoustics of 2005's Fisherman's Woman and the trip-hop experiments of Love in the Time of Science, Me and Armini finds room for Torrini to flex all of her musical muscles. She's a sultry mistress during "Gun," where she peppers the verses with blasts of hot breath cloaked in echo. It's a surprisingly sexy performance -- almost feline, not unlike something by the Kills -- with a muted guitar riff that threatens to explode but stubbornly keeps its composure. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Emiliana Torrini revisits her relationship with producer Dan Carney on Me and Armini, which mixes fingerplucked folk with touches of jazz, dancehall, electronica, and pop. Splitting the difference between the intimate acoustics of 2005's Fisherman's Woman and the trip-hop experiments of Love in the Time of Science, Me and Armini finds room for Torrini to flex all of her musical muscles. She's a sultry mistress during "Gun," where she peppers the verses with blasts of hot breath cloaked in echo. It's a surprisingly sexy performance -- almost feline, not unlike something by the Kills -- with a muted guitar riff that threatens to explode but stubbornly keeps its composure. Elsewhere, Torrini tones down the heat in favor of winsome pop, mimicking a percussive instrument on "Jungle Drum" and filling "Big Jumps" with strings of endearing doop-de-doop vocals. Several songs also cement her musical connection to Björk -- an easy link to make, perhaps, given the women's shared Icelandic heritage, but a factual one nevertheless -- and tunes like "Birds" and "Heard It All Before" show that both singers employ similar vocal ticks. Elsewhere, Torrini's material evokes the jazzy cadence of Inara George or even the reggae-tinged swagger of Lily Allen, particularly on the album's breezy title track. Yet comparisons to other artists don't quite do Emiliana Torrini justice, as she's carved out her own sonic space over the course of several albums. With its wide array of genres -- all executed with earnestness and confidence -- Me and Armini emerges as an album suitable for bookworms and beach bunnies, homebodies and world travelers, dancers and wallflowers. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • UPC: 883870028523
  • Catalog Number: 285
  • Sales rank: 55,773

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fireheads (3:44)
  2. 2 Me and Armini (4:17)
  3. 3 Birds (6:23)
  4. 4 Heard It All Before (4:13)
  5. 5 Ha Ha (3:15)
  6. 6 Big Jumps (3:01)
  7. 7 Jungle Drum (2:13)
  8. 8 Hold Heart (2:04)
  9. 9 Gun (5:45)
  10. 10 Beggar's Prayer (2:55)
  11. 11 Dead Duck (5:36)
  12. 12 Bleeder (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emiliana Torrini Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Dent Mastering
Alexis Smith Engineer
Emiliana Torrini Composer
Jamie Catto Composer
Dan Carey Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Eg White Producer, Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Me and Emiliana

    I first heard "Big Jumps" from a Starbucks freebie, and later bought the full album (media... what do you call them these days?!). The overall quality and variety of "Me and Arimini" is outstanding. I particularly like the title track and "Jungle Drums". Her voice is inviting, playful and powerful; I believe she writes her own music. Wow!

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    Posted November 22, 2009

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