Luna Rossa – Sleeping Pills and Lullabies
Somehow I don’t think many regular readers of this blog will be surprised at my album of the year. When I get comments asking what Panic Room would have to do to get a bad review, and get members of the band quoting those comments to me, I’m probably guilty as charged of being a fanboy. So don’t just take my word for it. There are many, many other people who agree that this is a stunningly beautiful work.
Luna Rossa are, of course, Anne-Marie Helder and Jon Edwards of Panic Room in acoustic mode, with the focus on Anne-Marie’s voice accompanied by Jon’s grand piano, with strings, acoustic guitar, some electronic percussion, and all sorts of other strange instruments adding colour. Parts of the album have a Panic Room unplugged feel, others are more experimental with echoes of Kate Bush and Massive Attack. It’s the sort of record that ought to have a crossover appeal well beyond Panic Room’s rock audience.