Elisabeth Lohninger’s album, Songs of Love and Destruction, is full of extremely emotional songs. This album could take the listener on some kind of an emotional rollercoaster ride, but some tend to need something similar to realize that life is what it is. For example; her song, “Save Me” –“Save me from you/But pave me a way to you…/Spoil me with you/and soil me with the world of you.” A singer-songwriter expressed the album best. This album gives the experience “from both sides.” This album is so well put together, it took Lohninger from meditation to meditation. It has taken her years before she finally derived her music from an idea into a tangible thing. Lohninger says, “I find that love in the modern sense is a very fragile concept…” which is why I believe it has taken such harsh meditation.
Lohninger has carefully chosen lyrics and titles to express to her listeners the realistic ideas of how one, modernly “love, lose love, are obsessive, desperate, happy, wise, or foolish in the context of love.”
Lohninger’s voice is perfect for the ideas she attempts to express. She has a warm alto voice and seems very sincere in her music, and she expresses such variety. On this album, there are marvelous percussion solos improvised by the instrumentalists themselves. Also, Lohninger does an amazing duet with the pianist Bruce Barth on “With Every Breath I Take,” and she solos on, “If I Should Lose You.”
Bassist Gregor introduces, “I Fall in Love Too Easily” before following through on a duet with Lohninger. There is an outstanding solo played by guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen on “Save Me.” My favorite instrumentalist on this album is Donny McCaslin. He plays the saxaphone so grand on “Here There and Everywhere,” and “La Puerta.”
These are all overwhelmingly, dedicated musicians. Lohninger hand-picked each one herself to accompany her on this album. She has produced and arranged this album and has allowed these musicians to gain temporary spotlight. Songs of Love and Destruction brings all of Lohninger’s jazz and pop music experiences into focus on her most emotionally complex and memorable album yet.”