Published July 28, 2010
Why do people try to cover Kate Bush? Eivör fails as hard as Futureheads and Placebo ever did, but we’ll disregard that for the purposes of this review, because other than that, the album’s pretty good.
Eivör wisely leaves the hard work on Larva to her accompaniments. Its indulgent guitars and jittery drums lead the way, with gorgeous, epic-scale trip-hop production setting the scene for her most interesting album to date. Not that her searing, careening, goosebump-inducing voice isn’t up to the task; it’s as strong as ever, but in the end it’s the flat, mindless songwriting that give it all away, with lush reverbs and sultry keyboards not quite disguising how hard the lyrics are trying, and failing, to be poignant, and how the music just isn’t trying, period… but goddamn, does it sound fucking amazing.