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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

CD Review: Costanza - Sonic Diary

Costanza - Sonic Diary
2008, ZerOKilled Music

She was once the muse of Tricky, but Italian techno artist/vocalist Costanza has built quite the following.  On her full-length debut, Sonic Diary, Costanza offers an interesting mix of covers and original tunes laid over dreamy hypnotic beats. 

Sonic Diary is a mish-mash of tunes and beats, some of which work well and some where the result is less clear.  I would tend to say that this album is more satisfying artistically than it is musically.  Costanza shows a lot of what she can do on Sonic Diary, and it is a pleasant listen, but is not something I would feel drawn back to.

Sonic Diary opens with an immigration questionnaire set to music (Just Another Alien), which becomes more tedious than interesting.  One imagines this to be a political statement of some sort, but allowing the text of the document to speak for itself is unimaginative, at best.  Highlights, on the other hand, are God's Gonna Cut You Down (Johnny Cash) and Back Into My Mothers Womb, both of which capture a little bit of the energy and spark that much of Sonic Diary seems to just miss. 

Sonic Diary is an interesting exercise.  It works on the level of being pleasant music, easy to digest in the background, but does not have the emotional or artistic punch to truly be memorable or interesting.   

Rating: 2.5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Costanza at, or  You can purchase a copy of Sonic Diary at  

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