Album Review

Sarah Blasko "As Day Follows Night"

Megan Eidelbach
Australian artist Sarah Blasko (born Sarah Elizabeth Blasko, in September of 1976 in Sydney), is definitely an artist to remember, or rather one that once heard, is hard to forget. Before embarking on a solo career in 2002, she and her haunting voice fronted the band Acquiesce in the mid-90’s. But it was she herself who won ‘Best Pop Release’ in 2007 for “What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have” at the ARIA Music Awards. She is known not only for her Bjork-esque sound, but also for her production and writing skills, as well as a unique presence onstage. With her new album, “As Day Follows Night,” released August 10th in the United States, Sarah’s many voices and sounds embark on a quest that sometimes seems almost hard to follow, due to the different styles of each song...bringing forth memories of different eras and influences that may seem surprising at times,. The one continual factor, however, is the depth of the ethereal enchantment of her voice.

On my personal favorite song on the album, “I Never Knew”, Blasko states one of love’s cruelest realities- “ I let you go to find my way alone”… on “Is My Baby Yours” her sound is throatier, deeper, voicing that “ You can’t make somebody love you when they’re still missing someone”…on “No Turning Back” the song takes an almost Amy Winehouse-sound, and yet on “Hold On My Heart” she turns almost playful, singing to “Go be somebody else until you learn to look after yourself”. Above all, the lyrics to Blasko’s songs seem to almost instruct at times and yet are proclamations of strength in others, even in simple love ballads like “We Won’t Run”.

In any case, Sarah Blasko seems to have hit the nail on the head- the simple saying that you can’t love someone until first you love yourself... well, it might just ring true.
Along with the release of “As Day Follows Night”, Blasko is currently embarking on a 22 date Australian tour this October with Brisbane’s Seja opening. She has also started an online blog about performing with Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann. This being her third album, her combination of simple pop combined with remnants of early New Wave and Goth along with a voice similar to Bjork but with a soft Australian accent makes this album easy to listen to and an album you just want to listen to all the way through, without skipping any songs, verses, or words.