Wednesday, 21 April 2010


At the same time as the Enchant re-release, Trisol also released this compilation album of rarities/previously unreleased tracks (some of which were live).  It was also a limited edition and included a small hardcover book that featured reproductions of EA's handwritten notes.  It featured a couple of remixes of tracks from Enchant plsu early songs that are no longer available and several instrumentals and an assortment of cover versions.  The cover versions include tracks by The Smiths and The Beatles as well as songs from Cabaret and Upstairs, Downstairs --- sadly, her version of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (from the Monty Python film Life of Brian) is an instrumental only track.  It ends with Miss Lucy Had Some Leeches, a strange and unnerving original composition about the treatment of women who were considered mad in Victorian times.  (There were actually a couple of bonus hidden tracks after that but I won't spoil the surprise by saying what they were).  Although it is an eclectic selection of songs, personally I would have liked a couple of songs in the Gothic/Industrial style of Opheliac to truly demonstrate the range EA is capable of (or some video clips of her recent live performances).  The songs on the album showcase a more melodic style influenced more by cabaret/theatre and classical music that highlights EA's delicious sense of humour and talent for the extraordinary.  As it is, this album is like a cabinet of curiousities containing many oddities of varying degrees of beauty and strangeness.


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