Tell me more: Carr transports herself back to Wartime England, where she takes on the characters of many women of the era who played such pivotal roles during such arduous and fearful times, from the entertainers like Marlene Dietrich to coquettes and women who worked in munitions factories.
The Lowdown: Carr weaves a string of evocative tales of life in the ’40s. This is a very European record; the sound of English folk, with occasional French vocals and a truly Teutonic song, the brilliant Berliner Ring, which bears similarities in essence to Goldfrapp’s Seventh Tree.
Carr is certainly full of ideas and she isn’t afraid of subjects like the death of a loved one. With her backing band The Aviatiors (cruelly uncredited) has produced a mystical, ethereal record. In addition, the Art Deco-influenced artwork which has Carr dressed in wartime clothing, from glam-wear to factory apparel, fits the mood.
With so many female artists following a very tired formula (hello Katie Melua) it’s highly refreshing to see a woman go against the grain, in terms of music, writing and concept.
Trivia: Carr is a qualified pilot having served with the RAF.