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And She Closed Her Eyes [Import]

Stina Nordenstam Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002JT9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When Debbie's Back From Texas
2. Viewed From The Spire
3. Crime
4. Fireworks
5. Proposal
6. Little Star
7. Hopefully Yours
8. Murder In Mairyland Park
9. I See You Again
10. So This Is Goodbye
11. Something Nice
12. And She Closed Her Eyes

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. Really really amazing! 22 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have a knack for buying cds by artist Ive never heard of, which sometimes pays off and occasionally doesnt. This time however, I really struck gold, and it more than compensates for the odd turkey I get!
The music is etherial in its simplicity, the songs themselves are strangely powerful despite avoiding big noise and vocal acrobatics favoured by some artists, instead opting for understated melodies and goose-pimpling orchestrals. And that voice! Totally original. Its almost dare I say fairy-like; its as if she breathes the lyrics softly into your ears. Really rather spine-tingling! And I can sincerely say, she's a one off.
There are no fillers - each song deserving its place, which other more established artists still havent accomplished. The tracks range from jaunty little toe-tappers (the opener "When Debbies back from Texas") to all out mouth-drying, eye-wetting otherworldly stunners like "Murder in Maryland park", to happy little love songs - "hopefully yours" and "little star" being my particular favourites.
You could do a lot worse than give this perfect album a go, unless your not keen on originality and unique foreigners! (put it this way - if you like Bjork, you'll probably like this!)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtakingly beautiful 22 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is Stina Nordenstam's masterpiece. It is a compelling collection of angelic harmonies, thought provoking plaintive songs and delicate vocals.
An incredibly consistent album it is difficult to single out highlights but I was particularly touched by the sadness of "Crime", "Little Star" and "Murder in Mairyland Park" - you are drawn into the songs by their subtelty with Nordenstam's underplayed affected vocals perfectly laid upon the simple melodic arrangements...Jason Cox
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - can't rate it highly enough 31 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the second Stina Nordnestam album I have heard. The first was the hard-to-get-hold-of "memories of a color", which was released way back in 1991. Even this album ("and she closed her eyes") is quite old now (1993)....
This artist has a unique voice and this is her second greatest strength. Her voice is brittle and some would say she ressembles Bjork (I don't). I think she has a skill at holding your attention with her sound alone. Her lyrics are poetic and quite difficult to understand at times - but they grow on you, until you understand what is going on in each song. I think she must have had some sad experiences in her life, which she is putting into this music as a sort of catharthis.
But it is her melodic and harmonic skills which I rate highest: there is not a single chord out of place, and this is true for both albums. If the first album was skilful, the second is the work of a Master. I have studied music myself, and I know how hard it is to be original and at the same time make musical sense.
If I have one criticism, it is that there is not enough variation between the pace and mood as the album unfolds. However Stina has obviously found a groove that she knows she is good at, and long may she carry on doing so. It is a pity she hasn't brought out more work over the years. Perhaps reviews haven't been as glowing as mine?
Buy this album - and try and get hold of its predecessor also (..got this for me, but it took a while). You won't be disappointed.
Peter McCalister
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars something nice 9 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Im not one to write reviews but i think that this album is probably my all time favourite (and i buy a lot of cd's). I first heard the track "little star" on mtv back in 94, and managed to get the album on tape (since bought it on cd). I always seem to end up back at this cd, its quite reflective music, Stina sounds a little like Bjork (only a little) in the sense that her voice is falsetto and almost child like, there seems to be more fragility in Stina's voice though which adds a quiet intensity to the sound. I dont think that there is a weak track on this cd and my favourite track seems to be always changing, the music is still as fresh today as when it was made but i guess that is always the case with classic songs. I think that fans of more cinematic music such as Ulrich Schnauss or Sigur Ros would enjoy this as it contains similar cinematic qualities, every single note seems to count. I own Stina's other work but this is by far her best stuff. If your looking for a cd to escape into and block out the hustle of the world, then your search ends here. Enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So poignant... 14 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Interesting to read other reviews, and see their choice of favourites from this album. For me it's 'Murder in Maryland Park' - a desert island disc! Listen to the words, to the mood change, to the backing. But plenty of other top-notch stuff here too - When Debbie's back from Texas, Viewed from the spire &c. Most tracks are worth the purchase price by themselves - if you like mysterious, whimsical, disconnected, Northern....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of those you put on repeat... 27 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
Wonderfull, sweet, intimate, ambionic. Good melodies, the songs are well chained together. You might need to get to now her voice a little first, but it becomes really nice to listen to. The songs are a bit pop, folk, spiced a little with jazz here and there and have an ambient layer to them. Really nice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, eases away your worries! 3 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Admittedly, i'd never heard of stina nordenstam before i spotted this browsing on amazon. Don't let that put you off. On my first listen, this CD turned a dull, mind-numbing tube ride home into a wonderful, almost etherial journey (and thats saying something about the piccadilly line!).
Every track is of merit, though my personal faves are 'little star' and 'something nice'. As for the style, then i'd probably describe it as a weird cross between emilliana torrini and cheryl crow, but that's hardly doing it justice. The melodies are touching, thought-provoking and woven with a genuine innocence. I've since listened to another of her albums, dynamite, but i think this is better.
Worthy of a place in your collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Stina Nordenstam
I bought this as Amazon recommended it after I'd purchased some other artists albums. The album is certainly well produced but Stina's voice sounds immensly fragile. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Geoff Bee
4.0 out of 5 stars unique sound, very different
This is different, that's for sure. A child-like vocal simplicity, almost a plaintive whisper, combines with reasonably simple harmonies to create something quite unlike anything... Read more
Published 15 months ago by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars And She Closed Her Eyes
I had this album a few years back but lost it in transit while moving house, but having heard the first track recently on u tube i knew i had to own a copy again. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David R. Green
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't review the album
I would like to be able to review this CD. However, the copy amazon.co.uk sent me does not play on my new cd-walkman and my computer doesn't recognise the CD and therefore cannot... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by The CritIQ
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
I'm not a musicologist so I won't dazzle you with an impeccable and in depth review of this record. All I know is that it's brilliant, timeless and somewhat unique. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2010 by M. A. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
Excellent price as well as the condition of the CD. thank you for it rely enjoyed.
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by Jonathan Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspirational
Well, it's only taken me 14 years to discover this album! I stumbled upon Stina Nordenstam on Youtube one day, and as soon as I heard her voice, I knew I had to try one of her... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2009 by Norman Cheeseworthy
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute gem , one of the top 5 albums of the 90s if not all time
I first heard about Stina from mtv in the nieties when LittleStar came out as a single and fell in love with how delicate and unique her voice is, this album is for me a truly... Read more
Published on 27 May 2008 by bridb20
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the voice?
OK....so there I was reading all of those glowing recommendations.
I thought I would chance it and purchase the album which is now over 10 years old. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2008 by NiceOneNicky
5.0 out of 5 stars I am hopefully yours
Until Emiliana Torrini finally comes out with another album, one of the artists I will have to listen to is Stina Nordenstam. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2008 by E. A Solinas
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