个人鲜听Trip-Hop这种风格，原本不知道她出了个人专辑，有天做歌词文件的时候偶然发现她的东西，总之我知道喜欢Trip-Hop和Mandalay的朋友肯定会喜欢这张专辑，平时喜欢民谣女声的我（最近听Indie听吐了的我）很喜欢这张专辑，因为总是保持以前感性大于理性的态度，我认为它非常的适合孤独的时候用来调剂心情时听，而且，最好是当你有些绝望的时候，她声音里的坚强能在一定程度上缓解你疲劳，被排斥后受伤的情绪。以一种很浓烈低沉的节奏开始的You Will Feel Like This很像Mandalay曾经的经典Beautiful给我的感觉，带着Nicola永远不变的精致嗓音，我相信谁都不会不被感动。有些变异的Cloudy Skies & Rain，温和许多的All Or Nothing，都是非常出色的歌——当然如果在更适合的环境里它会更完美。
This extraordinary CD, "Passive Agressive" can be deceptive at first. Upon first listening depending where you are and what you are doing, it just seems to fit the mood.
I first listened to it alone and in a quiet environment and it seemed to be that sort of CD. One to experience at home.
Let me explain:
My first go round was at home laying on the couch at night...the CD begins with "You Will Feel Like This" and instantly you are taken by Nicola's ethereal delivery and the music just seems to flow from the speakers in a swirling lush soundscape of melody. As the cd progresses you realize that there is no need to have the remote in hand, as every song is equally matched to the next... I love a CD where every song can easily be your favorite depending on the day...this is one of those CD's.
The second listen came about when I had to leave the next night for Austin from Houston. I put in "Passive Agressive" and turned up the volume just enough to hear the music but not so loud that i couldnt hear the wind outside. Once again, the music "fit".
It seemed during songs like "Heart" that the traffic of cars were doing a ballet of turns and movement to the music...honestly it was just beautiful. As my drive continued I found myself wanting to go back and relisten to each song to not only help fill up my 2 1/2 hour drive but to just have those moments recaptured.
The song "Because" seemed to propel my car forward on its journey and that song became my official road trip song listening to it more than a handful of times in a row.
The third time I listend to "Passive Agressive" it was sunny and incredible weather and went with a friend for a drive through the hills of Wimberly Texas. With the windows down and the breeze blowing in, Nicola's voice seemed to make everything even brighter...the landscape passing by seemed more rich, more peaceful at times and more exciting at times like during "I Forgive Me" which made you want to put your arm out of the car like when you were little and catch the wind in your hand. The final track came on and as we were coasting through the hills...to our left was a train moving along the side of us and with the help of Nicola's music it seemed like a scene from a sweeping and epic film...just breathtaking and simply beautiful... like Nicola, her music and this CD.
If you have it, give it a re-listen and see how the music can fit any situation and in turn make it more memorable and then spread the word to everyone you know.
1. You Will Feel Like This
2. All or Nothing
3. Moving into a New Space
5. I Forgive Me
6. Cloudy Skies & Rain
8. Ordinary Day