by Ari Stein in New Music on Thursday 24 January 2008

So 2008 brings its first great album of the year, the self-titled release from Susanne Sundfør, put out on a small label — Your Favourite Music — and a totally unsettling and challenging listen. This young Scandinavian is remarkable, with a voice to penetrate even the coldest fjords of Norway. If Thom Yorke, Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos gave birth to a mutant album, it would sound something like this. Forget the cute, birthday pop of Lily Allen, Kate Nash and Adele, this girl is the real thing.