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Frida Hyvönen 

Silence is Wild (Secretly Canadian)

So, you weren't looking for a singer who embodied the late Laura Branigan? Well, here she is anyways. Swedish singer-pianist Frida Hyvönen sounds scarily similar to the late singer ("Gloria") from the '80s on "Dirty Dancing," "Science" and "Birds," three of the album's best songs. And, like Branigan, Hyvönen sounds both powerful and pathetic (in the classic sense of the term), as if she's bordering on breakdown or ready to blow. It's exciting to be kept on edge wondering which it'll be, even after plenty of listening. Eighties-references aside, fans of Veda Hille and Christine Fellows---sensibility and playing---will find a friend in Hyvönen.

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