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Hanne Hukkelberg

Blood From a Stone


Jul 01, 2009 Bookmark and Share

In 2007, Norwegian singer/songwriter Hanne Hukkelberg released her sophomore album, Rykestraße 68. Developing on the established themes of her lighthearted debut, the album featured an affable marriage between playful Jon Brion-style atmospherics performed on a series of found objects and Hukkelberg’s haunting off-kilter voice—glittering with a simple and pleasing whimsy.

Blood From a Stone finds Hukkelberg simultaneously borrowing from shoegazing grit and 1980s balladry while tapping into a youth spent performing in metal bands. While album opener “Midnight Sun Dream” hints at the potential of Hukkelberg’s abilities within this new, less experimental-sounding context, the rest of the tracks quickly devolve into a series of anonymous encounters where style trumps substance. (

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