Heather "Nova" Frith was born in Bermuda and raised in the US, but her career
took off in England, after a timid EP, These Walls (1990), had
Influenced by both Kate Bush's art-pop and
Chrissie Hynde's frank woman-rock,
Nova soon came to symbolize openly sexual lyrics (that invite male fantasies
more than anything else) and cello-driven arrangements.
Glow Stars (Butterfly, 1993) was the album that revealed her vernacular
Bare, Spirit in You,
Mothertongue, Frontier, Shaking the Doll are a sort
of concept album about her Freudian obsessions.
Blow (Butterfly, 1993) was the first of a series of live albums.
Clearly, the live setting is a favorite of Heather Nova. It features
Maybe An Angel, Sugar, Doubled Up,
Success came with Walk This World, the single taken from
Oyster (Big, Cat, 1995), an album that also contains
Blue Black and other charming, dream-like ballads (notably
Siren (Sony, 1998) is her most elaborate work to date, ranging from
simple, catchy lullabies such as London Rain and I'm the Girl,
hard-rock numbers such as Blood of Me and Widescreen,
the trip-hop ambience of Winterblue and Not Only Human,
and old-fashioned ballads such as
Avalanche and Ruby Red.
Wonderlust (MCA, 1999) is another live album,
and South (MCA, 2001) is another collection of glamorous melodies,
I'm No Angel, If I Saw You In a Movie, Gloomy Sunday.
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