Manna – Shackles

Having heard that Finnish singer-songwriter Manna had been in collaboration with acclaimed producer Alain Johannes (Arctic Monkeys, Mark Lanegan et al) in aid of her recent single Shackles, and album of the same name, it’s fair to say I had a moderate expectation riding on this.

The result, I’m afraid to say, is somewhat mildly disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, it is an inoffensive enough number; it’s even ethereal, serene in some places, but nonetheless lacks the real punch and vigour that would spur the listener on to be compelled by it.

Perhaps I’m just being fastidious, but Manna’s new single ceased to stimulate me. Perhaps some of her album material will bear stronger fruit…

 

Words: William Ibbott