Lord of the Rings singer makes Sunday-morning musicA diva/chanteuse somewhere between the bad-girl anti-heroics of Lily Allen and the Sunday morning adulthood of Norah Jones, Emiliana Torrini sings with the inquisitiveness of fellow Icelander Björk.
On Me and Armini
, Torrini’s sixth album (third international), her songs are set into glittering poptronics by collaborator Dan Carey, with whom Torrini once co-wrote and co-produced songs for Kylie Minogue. The two aren’t afraid to aim for absolute hookiness. “Some people think that I’m heading for a meltdown,” she sings on the reggae-influenced title track (and obvious single). In places, the album feels a little too cute. “Big Jumps,” for instance, is affixed with a “Walk On The Wild Side” do-do-do
outro. But it’s usually in good spirits and plenty likeable—witness the playful, onomatopoeic refrain of “Jungle Drum.” There is most certainly a parallel universe in which Emilana Torrini is the Next Big Thing.Listen to Emiliana Torrini's "Jungle Drum" from Me and Armini: