Collected Sounds - A Guide to Women in Music
May 11. 2004
CD Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
Collected Sounds website

L Gabrielle Penabaz has recorded an album as Saint Eve. Her inspired fusion of electronica and darkwave is thrilling.

"Bete Noire" tells of a decadent lifestyle to pulsing beats. Penabaz adopts a half-spoken vocal style that owes something to Laurie Anderson. The glammy "Jets" has plenty of hooks and an underlying menace. "Reina Roja" has lyrics in Spanish and crunchy Nine Inch Nails-like beats. Trent Reznor was never this much fun. "Morgan of You" is a strong study of obsession. Penabaz' vixen-ish vocal guides the music home. The cover of R.E.M's "It's the End of the World as We Know it (and I feel fine)" is splendid.


Saint Eve's album is a great thing.