Lili Haydn is a violin-wielding singer/songwriter who has been trapped in the role of breathless electronica diva.
Lili Haydn is a violin-wielding singer/songwriter who has been trapped in the role of breathless electronica diva. While her earlier album, "Lili," revealed a quirky, Kate Bush-influenced sound, "Light Blue Sun" heads down a generic chilled dance road. Producer Bill Laswell has opted for an air-brushed sound instead of his usually textured, deep throb atmospheres. Although the lyrics are inspired by the artist's mother's death, the album nevertheless is full of Hallmark-styled love prose, especially on the pneumatic hooks of "Anything." Haydn, who has played with Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, the Rolling Stones and Tupac Shakur, points to interesting directions when her violin is in the lead, but that's rarely the case on "Light Blue Sun." "The Promised Land," an incongruous 10-minute free-form ambient improvisation with jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, sounds like a cry of frustration.—JD