101 - Blue Note
FILTER Grade: 76%
By Tamara Vallejos on March 22, 2011
Keren Ann’s international pedigree lends itself to the cover of 101, where she holds a gun and dons a dark coat. It’s as if she’s the femme fatale in a Bond movie, but what 101 presents is much less intriguing than spy life. At best, the heart found in earlier recordings is missing from Ann’s soft voice here. At worst—as in the album closer where she counts down from 101 to 1 in a flat tone—things get downright tedious.