Boomkat Product Review:
Donna Regina is the collaborative work of Cologne duo Regina and Günther Janssen. Over the course of their two previous albums, the pair managed to create a sugar-coated hybrid of traditional songwriting, electronic production techniques, acoustic overlays and the unique, unforgettable vocal delivery of the fabulous miss regina. Having been noticed early-on by Matthew Herbert, Donna Regina have released material on his Accidental imprint and Matthew provided production assistance on their highly acclaimed debut full-length "A Quiet Week In The House". Their last album "Northern Classic" has been the strongest selling release to date on Karaoke Kalk, capped with appearances at countless festivals including last year's vintage line-up at Barcelona's Sonar. This fabulous new album from Donna Regina sees the pair shifting their sound once again, developing the saccharine pop of previous outings into a more compositionally complex lineup of songs. Unmistakable, however, is Regina Janssen's way with words and flow, injecting each and every track on board with a slightly melancholy though always uplifting undertone. This is evident from the opening spanish-tinged lullaby "Late", to the goosebump inducing romanticism of "Passer-by" and the spacious autumnal quasi-house of "Rain". A record that will appeal to fans of Lali Puna, Herbert, and St Etienne, "Late" is one of those rare albums that flows into the open waters of the mainstream while retaining its own, uncompromised agenda. A myriad of samples, instruments and overdubs, always playing second fiddle to uncommonly good songwriting and that glowing, unforgettable voice. Gorgeous pop.