It All Starts with One

It All Starts with One

by Ane Brun


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It All Starts with One

Fresh from her stint as backing vocalist on Peter Gabriel's New Blood tour, Swedish-based Norwegian singer/songwriter Ane Brun's fifth studio album, It All Starts with One, unequivocally adheres to the less-is-more approach to folk-pop music. Indeed, despite the presence of not one but two drummers, Per Eklund (Lykke Li) and Ola Hultgren (Loney Dear), Tobias Fröberg's spacious atmospheric production is so minimal that you could often hear a pin drop, particularly on the fragile acoustic ballads "Lifeline" and "Oh Love," which showcase Brun's trembling shimmering vocals at their most captivating, and the heart-wrenching finale, "Undertow." Even on the more expansive-sounding moments, Brun's distinctive vocals remain the focus, effortlessly flitting between Kate Bush-style banshee on the tribal-tinged lead single, "Do You Remember," to delicate torch singer accompanied by the faint pounding drums and hushed piano chords of "What's Happening with You and Him," to cabaret chanteuse on the dramatic cello strings and castanet rhythms of "One," a slightly theatrical number inspired by the recent revolutions in the Middle East. But it's when she combines her talents with the beautifully laid-back and understated tones of José González on "Worship," an eerie blend of cinematic sweeping strings, muted skittering percussion, and melancholic guitar strums, when the album produces something undeniably magical. The sheer sparseness of It All Starts with One would suggest that a mainstream audience might struggle to find something to latch onto, but having since become her first number one album in her adopted homeland, there's no reason why its quietly enchanting qualities can't go on to provide her with the breakthrough outside Scandinavia that she deserves.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2012
Label: Play It Again Sam
UPC: 0843798000858
catalogNumber: 53
Rank: 95601

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ane Brun   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Martin Stensson   Violin
Martin Hederos   Violin,Keyboards
Peter Morén   Bass
Andreas Forsman   Violin
José González   Vocals
Ellekari Larsson   Background Vocals
Mikael Sjogren   Viola
Tobias Fröberg   Percussion,Keyboards
First Aid Kit   Background Vocals
Lars Skoglund   Drums
Anna Larsson   Violin
Per Eklund   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Ola Hultgren   Percussion,Drums
Erik Holm   Viola
Aleksander Sätterström   Violin
Conny Lindgren   Violin
Jennie Abrahamson   Background Vocals
Simona Bonfiglioli   Violin
Riikka Repo   Viola
Tomas Lundström   Cello
Peter Lysell   Double Bass
Arvid Johansson   Violin
Josef Cabrales   Violin
Linnéa Olsson   Cello,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joakim Milder   String Arrangements
Conny Wall   Engineer
Mikael Gustavsson   Management,Booking
Ane Brun   Composer
Tobias Fröberg   Producer,Engineer
Wendy McNeill   Composer
Engine EarZ Experiment   Composer
Linnéa Olsson   String Arrangements

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