Austrian-born singer/songwriter Pina Kollars came to the attention of RealWorld's Peter Gabriel via her duet with Iarla ó Lionáird ("Go on Through") featured on Afro Celt Sound System's

Austrian-born singer/songwriter Pina Kollars came to the attention of RealWorld's Peter Gabriel via her duet with Iarla Ó Lionáird ("Go on Through") featured on Afro Celt Sound System's Volume 3: Further in Time. Her debut for RealWorld is not world music, however. Pina, who fancies alt-rock and a shadowy sort of modern folk—wrote all 10 songs here. A gifted instrumentalist and a writer of compelling lyrics, Pina's ragged, plaintive voice provides the third facet that makes Quick Look an extraordinary debut. The bruised quality of her voice—most vivid on the elemental track "Debt Song"—is so appealing to the ear that it becomes the mood of the album. Whether she's delving into rock, as on "The Tower," or working the gothic-folk feel of "Josephine," Pina's touch is musical magic.—PVV

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