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Emiliana Torrini, ‘Me and Armini’ (Rough Trade)

Emiliana Torrini Davíðsdóttir can pass for fellow Icelander Björk Guðmundsdóttir when the mood strikes, as shown by her meticulous imitation on 1999’s Love in the Time of Science. Torrini’s much more engaging, though, when cooing Me and Armini‘s less flamboyant folk pop, which hitches her wistful voice to vignettes of white-hot emotion. From the urgent lust of “Jungle Drum” to the delicate kiss-off ballad “Ha Ha” and the legitimately scary “Gun”(a murder-suicide tale framed by stark, clanging electric guitar), Torrini delivers a velvet knockout punch with championship flair.