Album review

Donata – Alchemy: Songs of heartbreak and healing

Released under her own label, Donata's second record of folk will break your heart and put it back together again. ★ ★ ★ ★

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Winter may be over, but if you belong to those thriving in the seasonal blues, then this album is for you. On Alchemy, the follow-up to the singer-songwriter’s Imaginary Land, Donata opens up even further, pulping her vulnerability into songs that yearn for love, longing and compassion.

If you’ve ever broken up with someone you’ve truly loved, then the lyrics and feel of this record will strongly resonate with every bone of your body, as the artist manages to transform these melancholic moments into beautiful and wistful music, just as she sings on the stand-out track, Lemonade: “I’m gonna take some time to alchemise the hurt.”

With this stunning second record, Donata can easily be compared to such peers as Cat Power and Feist – a walk into greatness, built upon the yesterdays of heartbreak.