There’s a lot to love about Charlotte Eriksson, AKA, The Glass Child. Behind that killer voice and booming personality, she’s inspirational in a way that only those who have really experienced life can be. Her struggles, triumphs, and wavering perceptions all lend themselves to beautiful storytelling and fresh inspiration in her debut full-length, I’d Like To Remain a Mystery.
Laying her emotions on the line, the album plays like an unfolding narrative, capturing raw, honest emotions in the wake of struggle, conquest, fear, fearlessness, and yes, even love and heartache.
Taking a moment to appreciate the juxtaposition of the album, there is something undeniably mysterious about Eriksson’s commanding vocals, haunting lyrics and evocative melodies. Often compared to the likes of Björk and Kerli, Eriksson rises above her contenders with an approach that is both fiercely independent and surprisingly frail. Don’t get me wrong, this is one strong woman. But it is her ability to express both vulnerability and strength, which makes her such an iconic musician.
While “Hold On” pays homage to The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, “Stay” and “Letdown” are easily among the album’s strongest (and softest) tracks, “Creepy Little Story” and “Oceans” hold their own in what is truly an all around amazing album. With lyrics like I remember when we drove all night, to find another place, another time. But you decided to be free from me, you choose reality. Reality instead of me. (“Oceans”) the album embodies all that life has to offer in the way of lessons. It takes truths rarely talked about, and emotions rarely acknowledged, and delves in full force, with no hesitation. It is truly a one of a kind album, and a stellar full-length debut for The Glass Child.
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