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Balloon Mood

8 Mar. 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Mar. 1999
  • Release Date: 8 Mar. 1999
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 48:14
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  • ASIN: B001V5ZOYA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,270 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Aug. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an enjoyably unsettling album by a talented artist who we just haven't heard of at present. It's hard to figure her out maybe, she might be somewhere between being somewhere near to being compared to Lauria Anderson and Bjork along with so many other things, maybe a little Susan Vega too, with influences crammed into a swirling melting pot . She sings in a sing song on the verge of talking at points manner, with a sweet little soft voice and the music is puzzling quirky and a little haunting. Some parts are catchy compositions that might erupt as intriguing items of alternative pop, maybe with latin pop influences and god knows whateve, it's all very multilayered. I am confused by what must be going on, as if she might be imagining herself singing the album from a mini sub in the bottom of a tropical aquarium in the dead of night, and the brightly coloured tropical fish are swimming around her quite interested in whatever she's doing, and what she's doing may very well cause them to glow. There is a child like sense of mystery in it, amongst the scattered fragmented deliverance of prose, it seems like something that might have popped out of a delirious dream that would have been the result of eating too much cheddar cheese at night. I'd probably want to buy this as a Christmas Present for the film director David Lynch because he might like this kind of thing. Anja Garbarek like Bjork is a step beyond the known world of music. Also, I think that the album cover does set the mood for the album a little too. People who I play this album find it unusual and lovable. The only thing is, I'd love to know more about this Anja woman because I don't think that there's even a photo of her. Her father is a famous musician.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Walter on 17 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
Anja Garbarek's "Balloon Mood" is the sort of album that shifts one's perceptions to the metaphoric and to the subjective. I sometimes find myself picturing the album as a pile of multicolored sticky sweets lumped into a crystal candy dish, of the sort one might find in the homes of lonely old widows.

The album's cover displays several identical snapshots of a mirthless young blond girl. This image is probably the reason for my further fantasy, imagining Anja's precious voice issuing from the lost soul of a porcelain doll condemned to the hell of an abandoned nightmare factory. The album's vivid blend of industrial music and electronica lies in fragments about the doll like dilapidated but magical machinery--machinery with no one to serve but her.

In this remote and confined soul-space, Anja's songs often have the eerie quality of an Emily Dickinson poem. Other comparisons come to mind as well. The psychedelic, wandering narrative of "Strange Noises" is very close to Ken Nordine's riff-based storytelling and the albums of "word jazz" that he has released over the past four decades. In "Picking up the Pieces", Anja combines her tragic surrealism with a dense, White Zombie style, cyber-metal drone with a chorus in baby-doll voice: "You took away my red lips / And cut them up in pieces / So now I can't kiss the moon / So now I can't kiss the moon goodnight / No longer fly, through the clouds / No longer touch, the stars".

All the best idiosyncratic elements of the album are pulled together in "The Cabinet". Here, Anja sings about a cabinet hanging above her bed ("filled with all my secret things"), at which she stares during the night.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A lonely doll and all her precious, secret things. 17 May 2001
By A. C. Walter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anja Garbarek's "Balloon Mood" is the sort of album that shifts one's perceptions to the metaphoric and to the subjective. I sometimes find myself picturing the album as a pile of multicolored sticky sweets lumped into a crystal candy dish, of the sort one might find in the homes of lonely old widows.

The album's cover displays several identical snapshots of a mirthless young blond girl. This image is probably the reason for my further fantasy, imagining Anja's precious voice issuing from the lost soul of a porcelain doll condemned to the hell of an abandoned nightmare factory. The album's vivid blend of industrial music and electronica lies in fragments about the doll like dilapidated but magical machinery--machinery with no one to serve but her.

In this remote and confined soul-space, Anja's songs often have the eerie quality of an Emily Dickinson poem. Other comparisons come to mind as well. The psychedelic, wandering narrative of "Strange Noises" is very close to Ken Nordine's riff-based storytelling and the albums of "word jazz" that he has released over the past four decades. In "Picking up the Pieces," Anja combines her tragic surrealism with a dense, White Zombie style, cyber-metal drone with a chorus in baby-doll voice: "You took away my red lips / And cut them up in pieces / So now I can't kiss the moon / So now I can't kiss the moon goodnight / No longer fly, through the clouds / No longer touch, the stars."

All the best idiosyncratic elements of the album are pulled together in "The Cabinet." Here, Anja sings about a cabinet hanging above her bed ("filled with all my secret things"), at which she stares during the night. In the background, crowding her voice, all sorts of tiny sounds are at work, hinting at a parade of ceaseless activity. The song, like the whole album, suggests a worrisome thought--the notion that maybe a tribe of small, careful animals or shadowy mechanisms are forever creeping about at the back of one's unconscious mind.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
dreamy, daring & childlike 11 April 2000
By nordicjunkie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is amazing. Anja was recommended to me by someonebecause I was a Stina Nordenstam fan and I have not stoppped listeningto this CD since I got it. I used to love Bjork but I think Anja is more daring and willing to try new things. She has a beautiful voice and has some cute little stories within the songs. I especially like 'beyong my control', 'the cabinet' & 'she collects stuff'. Really brilliant stuff. Marius De Vries (of Bjork fame) is also listed on here as being a collaborator. He's recently done stuff with Neil Finn as well and I can hear some of that style in this record.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A hidden treasure 17 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm a norwegian musiclover,who's had the joy of owning this remarkable album since it's release in '96.Let me tell you;it's one of my favorites ever.Time has been kind to Balloon Mood.It's like nothing you have heard before.Produced by well known master Marius de Vries,the complexity of the soundscapes is amazing.Anja says she is mostly focused on atmospheres in her music.Having no rules as her only rule,she and de Vries has found a blend of something electronic and organic,with jazzpop as the major feel.They certainly do their own thing.You have to hear for yourself.The detailed sound demands good Hi-Fi equipment,and it continues to impress over time. Anja's voice is a very clear and "sweet".She poures emotion into everything she does,and listening to the lyrics makes you understand she has her special,but honest way of telling small stories and exposing sides of human nature. I higly recommend this album with my head and with my heart.It's truly magical.And another thing;my crush on Anja just don't seem to go away.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Don't compare her to Bjork. 18 Aug. 1999
By P. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd after I read in a music review that it was reminiscent of Bjork. Well it isn't really; in fact the two have little in common outside of some biographical similarities. Anja is more akin to Laurie Anderson. The album is great for its sounds and interesting mood evocation and it mixes different musical styles successfully. I would recommend this cd for people who like to hear good experimental music (this would never play on the radio).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A hidden treasure 17 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm a norwegian musiclover,who's had the joy of owning this remarkable album since it's release in '96.Let me tell you;it's one of my favorites ever.Time has been kind to Balloon Mood.It's like nothing you have heard before.Produced by well known master Marius de Vries,the complexity of the soundscapes is amazing.Anja says she is mostly focused on atmospheres in her music.Having no rules as her only rule,she and de Vries has found a blend of something electronic and organic,with jazzpop as the major feel.They certainly do their own thing.You have to hear for yourself.The detailed sound demands good Hi-Fi equipment,and it continues to impress over time. Anja's voice is a very clear and "sweet".She poures emotion into everything she does,and listening to the lyrics makes you understand she has her special,but honest way of telling small stories and exposing sides of human nature. I higly recommend this album with my head and with my heart.It's truly magical.And another thing;my crush on Anja just don't seem to go away.
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