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Between writing her first album – 2008’s ‘Sea Sew’ – and its eagerly-awaited successor, Lisa Hannigan’s life has changed in oh-so-many ways. She penned her first songs in hope rather than the expectation that the wider world might find a use for them; knocked out at rehearsals in a freezing barn in the Irish countryside, the record was produced at a ... Read more in Amazon's Lisa Hannigan Store

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  • Audio CD (February 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO RECORDS / RED
  • ASIN: B001KL3GZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Debut album from the singer/songwriter, housed in a sleeve that Lisa did the needle-work for herself, The album features 10 tracks including `An Ocean And A Rock', `Venn Diagram' and the lead single, `Lille'. Musical personnel on the album includes Donagh Molloy, Tomo, Shane Fitzsimons, Lucy Wilkins, Vyvienne Long, Gavin Glass and Cathy Davey who provides backing vocals on some of the songs. Lisa has contributed guest vocals on a number of other artists' recordings, including The Frames, Mic Christopher, and Herbie Hancock. She performed on the track 'Don't Explain,' with Damien Rice on Hancock's album, Possibilities.

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It has a very different feel from the other songs.
R. Yearsley
Lisa Hannigan already is a National Treasure, and she will be a global treasure for her talents as a songwriter and musician/singer.
Stevenson. Bryan
The tone of her voice works very well with violin and cello.
Daniel G. Lebryk

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 3, 2009
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Lisa Hannigan's first solo album, and what an amazingly beautiful freshman effort.

Lisa played with Damien Rice for some time, in fact Volcano is probably one of my favorite songs because she, Damien, and the cello all sounded like perfect musical instruments. It's a shame that Rice asked her to split off onto her own. She appears with him on these two Damien Rice albums O,9 - both are masterpieces when she sings.

Sea Sew is one of those delicate beautifully mixed clear albums that is just a pleasure to listen to. Lisa's voice and phrasing shows a number of influences, but she is never derivative of their music. She has a unique style that is very easy to recognize. On different tracks, I'm reminded of Jane Birkin (ex fan de sixties), Edie Brickel (shooting rubber bands at the stars), Bjork (her early work, maybe even sugar cubes days), Her Irishness comes out frequently, just enough pleasant lilt.

Her voice has a wonderful range, from whisper quiet with a the tiniest bit of rasp to clear clean beautiful full singing. Notes are always hit perfectly (no pitchiness here dog). The recording has wonderful imaging. The mix is well balanced, Lisa's voice is crystal clear backed by musical instruments at exactly the right volume.

The packaging is worth mentioning - all paper and paper board. The disc fits in a slot just inside the front cover. The 10 page stapled insert includes the musician credits, most of the song lyrics (a few are missing), and the standard thank yous at the end. The cover is a photograph of a knit and stitched piece Lisa and Frances Hannigan did.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 7, 2009
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I first came across Irish Singer Songwriter Lisa Hannigan when she accompanied Damien rice on "Don't explain" from Herbie Hancock's "Possibilities" CD. Ethereal, with weeping Cello and Hancock's delicate tinkling of the ivories perfectly accentuating the pairs delicate vocals, it made me long for more and so I got Damien Rice's brilliant CDs "O" and "9", both brilliant. Lisa's vocals accompanied Rice's on quite a few tracks and people wondered what she would sound like away from his shadow.

Well, here we get to find out. "Sea Sew" is Hannigan's debut which originally came out late last year in her native Ireland. Comprising just 10 melodic but tender Folk-y songs with clever and intelligent lyrics, they sound as lovingly put together as the photo of the quilt on the CD cover.

With a spare sound (piano, cello, guitars, some tinkling/chiming glockenspiel here and there) with her hushed elfin vocals floating delicately above, every song is a standout really. I must say, her songs don't sound as bleak and melancholic as her former musical partner's. My favourites are the upbeat pair of "Sea song" and "Keep it all", the waltz-like Bluesy "Courting blues", the lovely piano-driven "Pistachio", the ethereal "Teeth" (which just builds and builds), and closing lullaby-like "Lille".

This reminds me of another stunning Folk-y CD which came out last year, "Me and Armini" by Emiliana Torrini. Much like that effort, "Sea sew"'s idiosyncratic charm is not immediately apparent but takes you over slowly but surely. Classy and beautiful!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Acosta on November 26, 2008
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Coming off a musical breakup with the amazingly talented, Singer/Poet Damon Rice, Lisa Hannigan finally launches a full album under her own name, and the result is nothing short of amazing. Hannigan likely has the best voice of any folk singer of her generation, and she is probably the most beautiful too. For anyone who appreciates time on his or her own, or just wants to unwind while listening to an amazing CD, break out a candle and let Lisa take your hand and guide you on wonderful journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Capaul on May 26, 2009
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I never write reviews, but I have to make an exception here. Since she is not main stream pop, she will need all the good reviews she can get - they are more the deserved! I first heard Lisa on Damien's "O" album, and instantly fell in love with her voice. I was bummed out when they broke up, and I ordered her album as soon as it came out. Before the cd got here, my wife and I got to see her perform this album live at a little place in Minneapolis (the varsity theater). There was a huge snow storm that night, and only maybe 50 people showed up (we drove 150 miles). She put on an mesmerizing performance for us. Do not hesitate to see her live, or get this cd. It's perfect for just sitting around, relaxing, and getting high.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on September 28, 2009
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I am a huge fan of Damien Rice. He is, without question, my favorite musical artist out there today and maybe even ever. It was on his stellar `O' that I first heard Lisa Hannigan. A few years ago, shortly after the release of Damien's `9', Lisa broke away from Damien to pursue her solo career. While it came at a inopportune time for me (right after I purchased tickets to see Damien Rice in concert, thus resulting in a Lisa'less experience) it was a smart move for Hannigan, for she certainly has the charm and the voice to succeed on her own; and she proves that here on `Sea Sew', her debut album.

I will say this right off the bat; the album is pretty close to flawless. So, you may wonder; why only four stars. The only issue I have with `Sea Sew' is a pretty big one. Nothing here, aside from one song, really POPS. Musically it is very similar to Damien's albums, but there is no `Blowers Daughter' or `Cold Water' or `Rootless Tree'. There is nothing that makes you sit back and say "wow", and you really need that. `Sea Song' is the one real standout here; but with an album filled to the brim with impeccable tracks I was expecting them to reach that `other' level they should have been aiming for.

It's a splendid album, but it's just lacking that special something for me.

And where is Damien? She really could have at least collaborated with him on ONE track!

So, I'll start with my favorites. Like I mentioned, `Sea Song' has that special something that makes it my favorite of the album. There is an edge here that is not really on the rest of the album; an almost sinister advance that entices me. `Keep it All' also has that vibe, but it is sharper, losing some of the melodic incorporations that made `Sea Song' so vibrant.
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I completely agree. This album was such a find. By the second play I was addicted; it is now an essential on my daily ipod. Lisa's beautiful voice is powerful yet never overplayed. The songs are magical, understated with imaginative arrangements and clever lyrics, gorgeous melodies with great... Read More
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