Album Review: Elena – “Paint It Gold”
Another one which really falls into the “how did this end up at Pure Rawk?” category as this is definitely an album which falls on the “indie” side of the rock divide. And I guess really that means it’s unlikely to appeal to most people reading this to be honest.
For what it’s worth though, “Paint It Gold” is okay for what it is – chilled-out girl-fronted indie-rock which recalls Slowdive (early ’90s shoegazing group who I’ve been reliably informed go well with what some folks refer to as a “magic parsley cigarette”) in places. The main drawback is the vocals – it sounds as if the singer is really trying a bit too hard to sound like Bjork for her own good with the result that she sometimes veers quite woefully out of tune (I could be really unkind and say that she sounds like Marge Simpson in places but that’s possibly being a bit too harsh…)
All in all it’s…alright I guess – harmless, inoffensive, certainly I’ve heard a lot worse. It’s just that I really can’t imagine it appealing to rock fans I’m afraid. Still, if you’ve got a KT Tunstall or Katie Melua loving friend or family member, this’d probably be right up their street.