The debut album from this strange and fascinating Danish singer finds her beginning to explore themes and styles that she would plumb more deeply in subsequent releases, among them techno, jazz, funk, and worldbeat. Her primary influence is vintage American jazz, though, and it comes through most clearly in her approach to singing, which is most powerfully influenced by Billie Holiday with more than a touch of Björk thrown in for good measure. "Creatures of Livin'" opens the album with a warm, midtempo techno groove, but things quickly get weirder from there, what with the jazzy tango of "During the Day" (which, at six and a half minutes, is about three minutes too long) and the dark, faintly tribal-sounding "Sun Is Shinin'" (which is not exactly teeming with ideas either, but does feature a nice cello part). One of the album's best songs is its closer, "Don't You Forget Me," which she would reprise on the next album as "You Left Me One Dollar." This is a promising album, but things could easily go either way from here.
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AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson