January 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Trentalange – Same Illusion

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Same Illusion


Street: 01.28

Trentalange = Karen O * PJ Harvey

Opening with slow drums and an upper-register metronomic piano, Trentalange keeps it simple and dark, yet still poppy. Channeling fellow female rock singers, vocalist Barbara Trentalange manages to find the perfect balance between mellow, contemplative lyrics and bangin’ rock n’ roll, tempos varying from anxiously quick to mournfully slow. Mixing woodwinds and strings in songs like “In Your Grace” and “Lies” add a nice reprieve from the abundance of minor chords and vocal trills. Overall, the album conveys a sense of darkness and emotion without being too emo or clichéd. –Allison Shephard