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Album of the Week

by Tony Roma
posted 22/09/2009

Eastside’s album for October 2009

Tina Harrod Temporary PeopleTina Harrod – Temporary People

“The power of Nina Simone with the expression of Billie Holiday, yet Harrod’s individuality is never compromised.” – The Australian

Following closely after her award-winning album of jazz influenced covers Worksongs, Tina Harrod has created a blisteringly emotional, sophisticated and incredibly beautiful album – Temporary People – this time completely of original material that truly cements Tina’s standing as one of Australia’s great singers.

Temporary People is an unflinchingly personal album. The songs are greatly informed by the impact her late partner, the celebrated musician Jackie Orszacky, had on her life, heart and music – but these are universal themes that resonate across the boundaries of individual experience.

That sound, Tina’s raw emotional power and brilliant playing on Temporary People are all held in perfect balance by LA-based Grammy award winning engineer and mixer Helik Hadar, famous for working with HErbie Hancock, Madeleine Peyroux, Joni Mitchell and Rufus Wainwright. The songs were first recorded in Sydney at Megaphon Studios with Tina and Jonathan then travelling to LA for the final mix with Helik.

The result is a work of astonishing maturity and blazing passion: built on jazz sensibility and carried on a voice that only comes from a lifetime lived and a singular dedication to your art. With Temporary People Tina Harrod has reached the point where distinctions fall away and you’re left simply celebrating the unique talent and power of one of our finest artists.

Found online at Vitamin Records

Enjoy this personal album throughout October on Eastside 89.7FM!