Label: Nettwerk, Propeller Recordings and The Leaf Label Release date: Out Now! (worldwide May 12, 2009) Website: www.myspace.com/hannehukkelberg Hanne Hukkelberg’s music is sort of like Norwegian Bossa, “draped in beautifully restrained and thickly textured acoustic rectitude.” It has many influences and twists you could possibly imagine thrown into the mix. She takes the skeletons of experimental, folk, and popular song and transforms them, which makes her music incredibly moving. With her third album Blood From a Stone, Hanne Hakkelberg has mixed the sounds of rock with experimental, melodramatic popular song with healing & easy listening. If you fell in love with the sounds of Our Broken Garden, P.J. Harvey, mùm, Cibelle, Cat Power, Siouxsie & The Banshees, or Bjork, this album should be on your “albums to buy” list. You’ll enjoy every song from start to end for the reason that this record is skillfully diverse and beautifully crafted. You can particularly hear it come together in its instrumentation which experiments with kitchen utensils, clogs, and other irregular objects that have unreadable but innate musical potentials. The second track on the album Blood from a Stone is classic in its female-rock vibe, having soft echoing vocal harmonies and an uplifting, melodious chorus. Meanwhile, Salt Of The Earth mellows down and sharply turns into an ominous funeral march. It’s one of my favourite tracks on the album for that of the somber church organ that’s overarched by Hanne’s delicate and pervading vocals. It lurches around in dark corners and has its epic crescendos that are escorted with crashing piano chords and metal percussions in all its glory and galore. Its ominous sense of foreboding carries into No One But Yourself. Where you think that Salt Of Earth reaches the album’s climax in melodrama, No One But Yourself captures suspense and an astute attention to a musical dramaturgy. The album comes to a close with Bygd Til By, which is the only song out of the 10 tracks that is sung in Hanne’s native language. It’s moist with Norwegian quirks, and in the seven minuets unfolds in a sedate and regal manner. There’s no question that Hanne’s third album “maintains a controlled grandeur throughout.” Personally, I enjoyed the album. If you’re open to all kinds of music and find yourself in the mood for something new and original, different and innovative, you won’t find yourself dissatisfied with Blood From a Stone. Rate: 8.5/10