- Released: September 16, 2008
- Label: Verve Forecast
Q (Magazine) - p.1283 stars out of 5
-- "[I]t comprises the best 13 tracks from 13 albums of home-made demos recorded as she recovered from the death of her father....There are moments where she surrenders to sadness, such as 'Heavy Like Sunday'..."
- 1.Ghosts In the Attic
- 2.Leave Our Boyfriends
- 3.Learning As We Go
- 5.Not the Same Girl
- 6.Swing Gently
- 7.Heavy Like Sunday
- 8.Shiny On the Inside
- 10.When Sharks Attack
- 11.On My Mind
Personnel: Leona Naess (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, vibraphone, percussion); Jimmy Hogarth (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, percussion, programming); Samuel Dixon (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, melodica, piano, harmonium, Mellotron, glockenspiel); Gus Seyffert (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, acoustic bass); Nathan Larson (electric guitar, organ); Jason Darling (electric guitar, drum programming); Mia Theodoratus (harp); Chris Thile (mandolin); Lina Marie ?rnes, Camilla Kjoll (violin); Ida Bryhn (viola); Andreas Torday Gulden (cello); Oliver Kraus (strings); Rupert Cobb (trumpet); Martin Slattery (piano); Felix Bloxsom (Wurlitzer organ, drums, percussion); Larry Goldings (keyboards); Joey Waronker, Bengt Lagerberg (drums); Harry's Tribeca Alcoholic Choir (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Andy Bradfield; Emery Dobyns.
Recording information: Brondesbury Villas, London, England; Dubway Studios, New York, NY; Globe Studios, NY; The Bank, Burbank, CA.
Photographer: Eva Vermandel.
The fourth long-player from singer/songwriter Leona Naess is as evocative and moving as its self-titled predecessor. The 11 songs on THIRTEENS were reputedly selected from an enormous catalogue of material, which accounts for their variety in color and approach. Yet THIRTEENS also plays as a cohesive whole, unified by sensibility and feeling. Naess's gauzy voice and precise, introspective lyrics give these songs a delicate, homespun quality. Whether on the spectral "Ghosts in the Attic," the breezy singalong "Leave Your Boyfriends Behind," or the lo-fi electro-pop of "Un-named," Naess impresses with both her songcraft and skill in creating a mood of deep intimacy.