What does it sound like?:
Firstly, I confess to knowing nothing about Ebba Forsberg until I bought this cd. Leonard Cohen songs have been with me since I was 15 so I was intrigued plus I liked the cover. Ebba Forsberg has made a name for herself in her native Sweden both as a singer songwriter, an interpreter of others songs and also as an actress apparently. Something I assume our Swedish contingent can attest to. So onto the music – it is absolutely beautiful. She has a lovely crystal voice and the sparse jazzy instrumentation lends itself perfectly to the largely contemplative mood that the songs convey. She has gone for some of the more well known of Lens songs coupled with some lesser known. We get great versions of both Suzanne and Sisters of Mercy from his debut masterpiece but it is the closing Who by Fire that really lights up proceedings. The backdrop is sensual woodwind and keys, brushed drums and largely acoustic and Spanish guitar. All of the interpretations drift away from the originals mostly in a subtle way, occasionally more radically. If I had one criticism it is that she includes Hallelujah which by » Continue Reading.