'Albertine' is the sound of Brooke having toured the world over the last few years with her songs, playing shows as far afield as Japan, the USA and UK as well as her newly adopted home of Australia, where she relocated in 2004; it's also the sound of her blossoming love affair with Africa, the album named for an orphan in Rwanda with whom Brooke has a special bond.
2006 saw Brooke camped out in Los Angeles through a Californian summer, recording Albertine at Track Record in North Hollywood. At the controls was producer Marshall Altman, a recording artist and former Columbia Records A&R director who recently hit success producing Marc Broussard. Engineer Joe Zook had gone from working alongside legendary producer Jack Joseph Puig to recording and mixing for everyone from Modest Mouse and Rufus Wainwright to Pink and Tricky. And on the other side of the glass with Brooke was her new studio band, a bunch of good-hearted and super-talented fellows who have played for stars including Jane's Addiction, Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morrisette, Lionel Richie, Jewel, John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan and more.
'Deciphering Me' is the lead single picked from the album and is at radio now. This song has the hallmarks that will see 'Albertine' held up as one remarkable album: it's immaculately crafted pop that is going to stand the test of time for all the right reasons.