September 1, 2005

Test Spin: Missy Higgins

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For all of you out there who have ever asked, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Sarah McLachlan was from Australia?” your inexplicably specific inquiries have been answered. Say hello to Missy Higgins, who has already been enjoying widespread success in her native Australia. Her album, The Sound of White has gone platinum many times over and has also won Higgins the Australian version of the Grammy for Best Pop Release.

As for Higgins, herself? Think Sarah McLachlan with a dash of Jewel for good measure. The Sound of White is a slightly folksy pop compilation with continuous piano accompaniment. Enjoyable and fresh, most of the songs fall within the same spectrum. However, there are standouts. “All for Believing” opens the album with a layering effect applied to Higgins’ vocals that works especially well with her earthy, siren voice. “Scar” plays out a little more bare and a little more hard, a stylistic choice that differentiates Higgins from most ignorable pop clones. In conclusion, expect the normal break-up, make-up, so-in-love-with-you pop fare but lacking the saccharin overdose that makes most products of the genre unbearable.

Archived article by Tracy Zhang
Arts and Entertainment Editor