ALBUM REVIEW: Ane Brun “It All Starts With One (Deluxe Edition)

The Kaje clearly were not alone in thinking Norwegian songstress Ane Brun’s long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s “Changing Of The Seasons”, the sensational “It All Starts With One”, was one of 2011’s top albums, given that Brun recently received her second Spellemann (the Norwegian Grammy) for Best Female Artist, alongside a Manifest (the Swedish Grammy) for Best Female Singer/Songwriter. With her tender compositions reaping both praise and rewards, Brun has decided to issue her fans with a reward for their patience and unswerving loyalty-a double disc deluxe edition of the celebrated collection.

However, unlike many an artist, Brun has far from simply scraped together a selection of album cast-offs or recruited a range of big name acts to remix and reproduce her material, instead she presents 8 tracks which could easily be a stand mini-album in their own right.

While it would be easy to wax lyrical about the tender, and at times haunting offerings on the already released disc 1, it is the new offerings of disc 2 that really command attention. Where “It All Starts With One” excelled through its stripped back scintillation and stirring vocals (album opener “These Days”, latest single (and Jose Gonzalez duet) “Worship” and “One” are unmissable treats), the second disk shines through the use of a rounded symphonic sound. While delicate “One Last Try”  and gospel infused “Queen And King” epitomise the diversity in Brun’s songwriting capabilities, it is the folky “Take It Slow” and “Alfonsina Y El Mar” that really shine.

With two discs to choose from, Brun provides her listener with two contrasting tones with compliment each other perfectly.  “It All Starts With One” proves itself more than a celebration of a successful release, it offers an insight into a dexterous songwriter and intriguing performer who is constantly going from strength to strength.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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