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Beautiful Collision [New Version with Bonus Track] [CD]

Bic Runga Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B0001KZM20
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. When I See You Smile (Album Version) 1:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Get Some Sleep 3:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Something Good (Album Version) 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Precious Things (Album Version) 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Be All And End All (Album Version) 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Election Night (Album Version) 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Honest Goodbyes (Album Version) 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. She Left On a Monday (Album Version) 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beautiful Collision (Album Version) 3:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Listening For The Weather (Album Version) 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Counting The Days (Album Version) 2:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Gravity (Album Version) 3:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sway 4:240.79  Buy MP3 

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Bic Runga is of Chinese and Maori heritage, born and raised in Christchurch, on New Zealand's South Island. In early 1997, Bic recorded her debut album, Drive over a two month period with one engineer and a handful of musicians--and produced it herself. While living in New York, Bic wrote several songs for this, her second album, Beautiful Collision. It includes guest appearances from some of New Zealand's most famous musicians: among them are Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn (on three tracks) and Milan Borich (Pluto), who all contribute to a sound that is always refreshing and inviting. Family also plays an important role with support on a number of the tracks by Boh, Pearl and Sophia Runga. Mixed by famed engineer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, New Radicals) in Quad Studios, New York, the album became the biggest-selling album in New Zealand's recording music history, going six times platinum whilst achieving a new record as the longest running No. 1 album ever. Since she was featured on the soundtrack to American Pie, Runga's reputation has spread far from her homeland and she has now become a major international artist.

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Bic Runga - Beautiful Collision [New Version with Bo

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 15 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Until recently,I had never heard of Bic Runga before, her name appeared in an 'other artists you may like' list. I heard 'Sway' and liked it immediately. In fact, I liked it enough to buy a copy of 'Beautiful Collision' It can be risky buying an album on the strength of one song, but this time it was no mistake.
Bic's songs soar with fluctuating emotion from the thrill of love,hope and joy,to sorrow.
First of all is the simple, acoustic track 'When I See You Smile' Bic sings soulfully whilst strumming the guitar, it's gorgeous, and even makes me question my choice of exit song for my forthcoming wedding.The style changes swiftly in the following song 'Get Some Sleep' which is bright and lively with a catchy beat. 'Something Good' is softer than 'Get Some Sleep' it has background vocals which adds a good quality to it.(Well, I appreciate BGVs anyway!) 'Honest Goodbyes' touches on melancholy with a piano, it's tune is quite catchy and the song does boast a good strings arrangement. 'She Left on a Monday' is soft and regretful with gentle lyrics in the verses and a lovely cacophany of instruments.'Listening For The Weather' is a very sunny, hopeful song starting with a harmonica, and a happy theme, Neil Finn, former 'Crowded House' vocalist accompanies Bic in the chorus. It's an uplifting song: "...never be afraid of change..." ' Counting The Days' is a more slow, and contemplative song with a banjo and a clarinet giving a very slight jazz twinge.'Gravity' is lead by a piano and reminds me of Nerina Pallot (if you like Bic Runga, try Nerina Pallot, her music has some similarities). A good, dreamy song. The last track is bonus track 'Sway' from Bic's debut album, 'Drive'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crouching Tiger Hidden Wonder 29 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bic Runga is a name hat means very little to us in the UK, thankfully that is about to change. Sarah Mclachlan is the only person I can think to compare her to, songs with simple yet interesting lyrics and melodies that just seem to flow along, but not half as depressing. Bic Runga has the type of voice that can carry as song, the is no more obvious than on “When I See You Smile,” which is just Runga and her guitar although you won’t believe it the first time you hear it. The albums strongest songs are “Get Some Sleep,” “Election Night,” and “Beautiful Collision.” Through out the album you can feel Runga’s Asian influences, and this is something that separates her out from the wave of female talent available at the moment, Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse etc… Bic Runga is a colossal talent, with a great flair for song writing, and attention-grabbing and beautiful voice. Bic Runga should not be ignored, possibly the best album of the year so far.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Beautiful Collision 26 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
I came across the Music of Bic Runga whilst travelling in New Zealand last year (she gets a lot of airtime on the radio down there) and was instantly transfixed by her fantastic voice, gorgeous melodies and great songwriting. Whilst there, I bought all of her albums, including Beautiful Collision.
From the word go, this is a magical album. 'When I See You Smile' is a beautifully sung, simple song - just Bic's voice and a guitar. The upbeat, poppy 'Get Some Sleep' is a lovely description of life on the road, trying to get people listening to your music. 'Something Good' is a beautiful, uplifting love song - I defy you to not feel happier after hearing it! And so it goes on through the album, all great, engrossing songs - not a bad one on the album. Just listen to 'Listening for the Weather' when you're feeling a bit down, and I guarentee you'll feel better!
All-in-all, a tremendous album from a wonderful singer who will surely soon break into the bit time in Europe, she simply has too much talent to only be well known in Aotearoa. Bic Runga's previous album, 'Drive' is also fantastic, as is her 'Live in Concert' Album with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (though I'm not sure if this is available in the UK).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent, but somewhat underwhelming 27 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having purchased Drive a few years ago, I read the reviews on Amazon and grabbed a copy to see how she'd moved on since.
Bic has a great voice, pure and direct, and the songs are similar, with simple structure. So for a background filler or something on the radio these are fine, but look a little closer and you'll find there isn't a lot of substance.
As with a lot of initially successful artists, a lot of additional production has gone into the 2nd album. This detracts here, in that simple songs best kept sparse, become hollow, stretched out by a lot of unnecessary additions.
So, not a terrible record by any means, but hardly a classic in it's genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Beautiful Collision! 15 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bic Runga is a rare talent. She can make radio friendly songs that are so bitter sweet and angelic,while having an edge to it too.
Beautiful Collision is Bic's second album and shows much more maturity than Drive. On the plus side there's more little quirks to each song that you dont pick up on the first listen, but to counterbalance that is the fact there's very few real single songs that scream "Sway". That's partly because the album is a much sedate affair, the kind you'll curl up with someone and listen to with doting eyes.
Beautiful songs, outstanding voice and songs that grow on you quicker than a rash, you'll end up treasuring this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave track is the beeeyootiful collision
Just faaablas. Love the melodies on this. I'm utterly chilled ny the time I get to work when this is on the player.
Published 5 months ago by Bozo
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I asked!
Easy-listening cd. Would be perfect for background music at a dinner party. I was actually in a dept store when it was being played and I had to ask the staff who it was.
Published 12 months ago by Herlena Steel
3.0 out of 5 stars Too smooth for a collision
This album made the top 50 of its year of release in one of the major music mags (Mojo or Uncut, I forget which) where it was described as being like The Carpenters with an edge. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by D. J. H. Thorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Bic Runga
A very talented lady. worth seeing live, if you get the opportunity. This CD is good quality easy listening rock music.
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by J. G. Spry
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lovely lovely
I first heard of Bic Runga in 2003. We were on holiday in New Zealand, on a lovely spring day, driving to a vineyard. Read more
Published on 22 July 2008 by Chris Widgery
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally, totally disappointing!
God New Zealand must be a very boring place, and New Zelanders must be very easy to please if this is their best selling album of all time! Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2006 by crusty
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I heard the song Sway at the end of the film American Pie and i was transfixed. I had to know who sang the song. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2005 by Michael John Romaniw
5.0 out of 5 stars comlpletely gorgeous
one of my favourite albums and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys listening to something easy going and relaxing but with a twist. Read more
Published on 27 July 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive Hit
Bic Runga is fantastic, there's no doubt about that. She's calming and creative, and some songs on this album really give me the shivers. Read more
Published on 8 May 2005 by T. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loveliest album of 2004
The first I heard of this album was a snippet on the radio saying how it had topped the album charts in New Zealand (Runga's homeland) for a whole year. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2004 by N. D. Maidment
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