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Sarah Blasko – Depth of Field (EMI Music).

Depth of Field is my pick for the best album released so far this year. That’s how impressed I am by it. It’s haunting, personal and achingly beautiful across ten tracks, and it’s fair to say that the 41 year-old Blasko hasn’t lost her incredible knack of producing sophisticated pop. Interestingly, I think, Blasko is often at her best when she is performing against expectation. With this album you are left to wonder how much of this album is personal, maybe not necessarily autobiographical in intent, but definitely a showcase of inspired experiences or stories of others.

Like all great albums there are songs that stay with you even after you have stopped listening to them. On Depth of Field, I especially like Phantom and its line “I’m gonna fill my lungs with you/ My phantom heartbeat!” Then there are those deep bass and synth sounds from Everybody Wants To Sin. It’s dreamy and daring. And if we are going to talk about this album being sophisticated pop, the mesmerising and haunting Never Let Me Go, A ShotHeaven Sent and Making It Up are all standout tracks.

Photo Credit: The album artwork of Depth of Field is courtesy of EMI Music. I make use of it under the rationale of fair use because no free equivalent seems to exist and it serves as the primary means of visual identification at the top of my article dedicated to the review in question. I am not the uploader of the You Tube clip embedded here.

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