No Elephants – Lisa Germano

The latest album by Lisa Germano ‘No Elephants’, follows a lot of the same ideas as Germano’s previous works. Germano has worked with countless people over the years, and her list of credits include working alongside such bands and artists like Eels, Yann Tiersan and even David Bowie. Even as what I’d describe as an incredibly capable singer/song-writer, I find it interesting how her solo albums sound, as for me personally, they just don’t seem to hit the right notes for me.

It seems that Lisa Germano is someone whose never really gone with proper conventions of music. This is incredibly admirable, as I do appreciate it when someone tries to do something that is different from the norm. However, there’s just something about Germano that I just don’t get. I tend to only enjoy the odd song here or there, and never truly understand the full picture of what messages Germano is trying to convey. When listening to her music, I can easily tell she is a highly talented and capable singer/song-writer, but the vast majority of her songs just don’t seem to do anything for me.

By no means, do I find ‘No Elephants’ to be a bad album. The album features some incredibly delicate song-writing, with Germano’s vocals sounding breathy, like wind. It feels incredibly dark at times, with almost an essence of sinister beauty hidden amongst some of the songs. Another way of describing it would be to say that it is almost ominous at times. It is a well crafted record, but it is one that seems to have just not made that much of an impact on me. It might just be that Lisa Germano is one of those song-writers who I, sadly, will just never truly be able to understand. I just find that for me personally, the style that Germano has used just gets a little boring at times. It’s a harsh way of putting it, but I really don’t see any other way of putting it. I just find it dull and un-interesting, which I find to be a shame, as I also find her style incredibly interesting, and one I don’t want her to change.

In this reviewers opinion, I find ‘No Elephants’ to be an incredibly polarizing album. On the one hand, I truly applaud it’s style, which is incredibly interesting and to a certain extent, rather different. On the other hand though, I find no enjoyment when listening to her music, and for me it’s just not something I can enjoy. I think the main point of this review is that if you’re a fan of Lisa Germano, then this is clearly an album that you should enjoy, as it has the makings of a great Lisa Germano album. But in this reviewer’s opinion, it’s just an album I have been unable to enjoy.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★☆☆  3/5

Selected Songs:

  • Apathy And The Devil
  • A Feast
  • Last Straws For Sale
  • Strange Bird
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