Like Marina V (here), Andrea Wittgens is a composer-singer caught on the horns of a dilemma: she has a good singing voice but In the Skyline suffers from a bit too much randomic composing showing itself to be too clever by half. Hiding within the compositions are a number of pretty cool ideas, but they're quickly trampled over and not nearly as well arranged as should be. Wittgens, in songs like Empires of Straw I shows she possesses the maturity and nuance to pull the essences out of her materials but seems unsure how to make them stay there.
I suppose the CD is meant to be a blend of weird-folk, alt-Primus, and Joni Mitchell / Rickie Lee vamps—Marching Orders follows that line—and, frankly, I think she coulda pulled it off nicely had she only spent a good deal more time contemplating the oeuvre rather than just plonking out a twist on it willy-nilly. So, look upon In the Skyline as half-baked with a lot of potential but aggravating to hear squandered in carelessness and haste.
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