Mercury Prize-nominated Lisa Hannigan shines on “Passenger”

Lisa Hannigan Passenger (ATO)
Lisa Hannigan’s work is shrouded in subtle intensity. One aspect comes from Hannigan’s voice, which is frequently haunting, occasionally wailing, jazzy, gravelly or weighted with bluesy drawl, but always in command at the forefront—the main instrument. Whatever the direction the music travels, Hannigan’s songs hold listeners’ attention. “Home” rises and falls upon swelling strings and understated rhythm, while “What’ll I Do” is a rapid vocal, poppy, snap-beat number. “O Sleep,” featuring a duet with Ray LaMontagne, floats like a folk lullaby trapped in an R&B landscape. There’s a lighter moment, even a touch of irony in “Safe Travels (Don’t Die).” Produced by Joe Henry, Passenger holds up equally well, maybe better, as the album’s beauty and strength flows gracefully. —Glenn BurnSilver
(This review appears in the Dec. 2011 issue of Relix.)

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One Response to Mercury Prize-nominated Lisa Hannigan shines on “Passenger”

  1. Leona says:

    Uh-oh, she didn’t actually win Mercury Prize…she was just nominated (but I wish she did!)

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