Sarah Blasko
What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have


4.5
superb

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
November 16th, 2006 | 20 replies | 10,952 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sarah Blasko's second full-length exceeds all expectations and positions her as one of Australia's greatest new songwriters.

In the two short years since the release of her full length debut, The Overture and the Underscore, Sarah Blasko has risen to become one of Australia's most respected songwriters, as well as gaining a reputation for being one of Australia's most impressive live performers. Between albums, Blasko contributed to a number of projects (most notably Bluebottle Kiss' album Doubt Seeds and She Will Have Her Way, a Neil & Tim Finn tribute album) and toured overseas with the likes of James Blunt and Martha Wainwright. Debuting on the Australian charts at #7, What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have is Blasko's second album and the highly anticipated follow-up to The Overture and the Underscore.

Credits
Sarah Blasko - Vocals, Drum Programming, Synth, Vibraphone, Organ, Wurlitzer, Acoustic Guitar
Robert F Cranny - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Mellotron, Organ, Harmonium, SH-101, Drum Machine, Bass Guitar on "For You", Synth Bass on "The Garden's End"
Jeff de Araujo - Drums and percussion
Jim Moginie - Mellotron, Piano, Wurlitzer, Toy Piano, Omnichord, Electric Guitar on "Hammer"
David Symes - Bass Guitar, Synth Bass
Stéphanie Zarka - Violin
Michele O’Young - Violin
David Wicks - Viola
Andy Hines - Cello
Andy Meisel - Double Bass
Melaine Vanden Broek - Bassoon

As you can probably tell by looking at the album's cover, What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have is a darker record than it's predecessor. Blasko's debut was essentially a pop album and through her pop songwriting, she achieved success in a way that she (and probably most others) would never have expected. Thankfully, Blasko's success has only encouraged her to be more ambitious in her songwriting. That said, What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have retains many elements of the pop songwriting that characterized her debut. To put it more simply, Sarah Blasko has made both an incredible step forward and one of the year's best records.

"For You", the album's first track serves to introduce the rest of the album and to let the listener know that this album is something more than just a collection of radio-friendly pop songs. With electronics, strings and her ethereal voice, "For You" shows the electronic influence of artists such as Radiohead and Bjork in Blasko's music. Other songs, such as lead single "{Explain}" feature entirely organic instrumentation with pop sensibilities. The majority of the album, however, features a large number of instruments; strings, woodwinds, guitars and pianos are the most common.

The most important thing to understand about What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have is that it is an epic of sorts. The arrangements are far more grand than anything that Blasko has attempted in the past and songs often flow together seamlessly. This is not a particularly easy album to get into; it requires multiple listens to truly grow accustomed to. However, where this record may be somewhat inaccessible, it is also incredibly beautiful and sophisticated. Blasko's range of sounds has expanded quite considerably and as a result, there are electronic tracks ("For You"), epic string driven tracks ("{Explain}", "I Could Never Belong To You"), quiet acoustic songs ("The Woman By The Well") and some amazingly catchy songs ("Planet New Year", "Queen of Apology"). Special mention must also be made to "Always On This Line", which is quite possibly the most beautiful pop song Blasko has written thus far.

With What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have , Sarah Blasko has absolutely exceeded even the highest of expectations. For a second album (and one that has been released just two years after her first), What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have is an incredibly mature record. Though fans of the pop songs on her first album may find this to be dissapointing, the fact that this record debuted at #7 in the Australian charts shows that whatever Blasko is doing is working. If The Overture and the Underscore was Blasko's proof of her ability as a songwriter and performer, What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have is an early masterpiece.

Pros
More eclectic
Amazing songwriting
Sarah's voice is quite incredible

Cons
Perhaps a little inaccessible to fans of her first record

Recommended Tracks
For You
Always On This Line
Hammer



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zebra
Moderator
November 16th 2006



2647 Comments


This sounds very cool. I'm not very big on pop singer/songwriters but the wide variety of instruments really caught my attention. Nice review, I'll download the recommended tracks and then go from there.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 16th 2006



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

She sounds a lot more like Radiohead or Bjork or someone similar than a singer/songwriter really.

Thanks and I hope you like the songs.

RandyfromPennywise
November 17th 2006



752 Comments


Hey, great review there. I only know her from the Finn tribute album, but yeah, her name is mentioned a lot around the place. Not really sure if I'd like this though. Excellent review. Short and to the point, real pleasure to read.

The Jungler
November 17th 2006



4827 Comments


Very cool, I must try to get my hands on this. The album title just adds to my intrigue, it's not everyday when you find a "pop" record with such an intresting and dark title. Plus she's pretty hot.
Excellent review.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 18th 2006



3760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Dude, good review. I saw her perform at the Make Poverty History concert yesterday, and her stuff seemed pretty interesting, even though it was a short set. This and the concert make me wanna pick this up.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Aaron
December 10th 2006



651 Comments


Excellent singer/writer. Great to see live too. Thanks for taking the time to write a nice review.

rasputin
July 29th 2008



14512 Comments


This is really good, I love her voice.

AtavanHalen
July 29th 2008



17927 Comments


And you had to do a two-year bump to tell everyone that?

rasputin
July 29th 2008



14512 Comments


Well I only just got this, so yes. Stfu

robin
Emeritus
July 29th 2008



4241 Comments


avanthalen is angry today. i've only heard one song off this, but i'm considering getting it after the bump reminded meThis Message Edited On 07.29.08

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 29th 2008



3760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Atavan don't be a dick. Glad to see people enjoying this!

Aaron
October 26th 2008



651 Comments


Try keep it polite, Atavan. I'm glad it was bumped actually, made me chuck on the album this morning; excellent album to drink your morning coffee to.

RandyfromPennywise
October 27th 2008



752 Comments


Morning coffee. Fkn brilliant idea!

xNintendoCorex
October 27th 2008



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i dunno if i prefer this to the overture.....but its damn good eitherway

AtavanHalen
October 27th 2008



17927 Comments


Lol at people being angry at me

xNintendoCorex
October 27th 2008



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you even got called 'avanthalen'
:|

AtavanHalen
October 27th 2008



17927 Comments


Lolzzzzz

Eclectic
December 26th 2009



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bumping this ^^
Album is awesome, it makes me want to get the followup

Chrisjon89
February 4th 2011



3337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Incredible album.

Digging: Ichiko Aoba - 0%

BenedictVII
May 25th 2011



369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just got this and I was pretty much blown away. There are some fantastic songs on here. Hammer is so awesome.



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