Album Review: AURORA’s Debut Album

Norwegian artist, AURORA, has released an iconic debut album, which explores the delicate bridge between innocence and wisdom.

By Laura Green

Cover image from  All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend (2016). Source: New York Times.

Cover image from All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend (2016). Source: New York Times.

Released on March 11th this year, “All My Demons,” has become a huge success for young singer Aurora Aksnes, known as Aurora. Acclaimed by critics and praised by Entertainment Weekly for having a voice that “doesn’t waft so much as soar”, the album made a splash on a variety of charts, including reaching number 72 on the German music charts.

Aurora’s angelic voice harmonises elegantly with the electronic beats of the track. The melody provides a woven mixture of cool tones and soft rhythms which only work to emphasise the vocals.

The artist’s voice is extremely versatile, playing delicately off thrumming acoustics and metallic beats one moment, before ringing out with a new, rich clarity the next.

Winter Bird audio image. Source: Evening Standard.

Winter Bird audio image. Source: Evening Standard.

Aurora’s lyrics call up astounding imagery which explore the themes of innocence, growth, love, and death. They express both an innocent curiosity and a keen wisdom well beyond her twenty years.

Her words create the atmosphere of the fear and uncertainty of growing up, of the wistful days of childhood and the strangeness of the unknown. She conjures a world of “sour lies,” admitting, “I would rather see this world through the eyes of a child.”

The song, Runaway, poignantly explores the nostalgic moments of childhood; “I was dancing in the rain / I felt alive and I can’t complain / … Take me home where I belong.” The enchanting lyrics weave this mixture of innocence and knowledge so that harmony is within the words as well as the tune.

Aurora Aksnes. Source: Paste Magazine

Aurora Aksnes. Source: Paste Magazine

Of Aksnes’ debut album, she says, “My album is mainly about how bad experiences from the past can become good memories.”

As an artist who’s been making music since she was six, Aurora Aksnes has worked deservingly hard for her achievements, gathering a huge base of fans, and culminating the potential for a long career.

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