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Bittersweet and Blue

Gwyneth Herbert Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B0002U4EIM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Fever 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Very Thought Of You 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. It's Alright With Me 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bittersweet And Blue 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Glory Box 4:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Every Time We Say Goodbye 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Almost Like Being In Love (Album Version) 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. At 17 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Into Temptation 4:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Little Less 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Fallen 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Only Love Can Break Your Heart 3:130.99  Buy MP3 

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Gwyneth Herbert is the latest female singer-songwriter peddling gentle easy-listening music, but from two very different angles. Bittersweet and Blue is a collection of thirteen songs, ten of which are covers, in either a jazzy folk style a la Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones; the other three are bombastic big-band swing.

The opener is a fairly straight cover of Peggy Lee's "Fever" where Herbert's voice is natural, warm and exceptionally sweet but distracted by the latter part of the signature bass riff being cut, which can't help jarring the arrangement a little. Other notable covers are well known but well chosen to suit Herbert's voice--Portishead's "Glory Box" sounding like an exceptionally polished version of the original and Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" sounding beautiful amidst strings and her intimate voice. Herbert's own songs, co-written with Will Rutter, lean more towards the softer folk side. The title track is a pleasant acoustic ballad, "A Little Less" is more an upbeat swing number that, to its credit, sounds timeless and "Fallen" is MOR at its finest complete with soft Rhodes accompaniment.

There is very little in Bittersweet and Blue to make Gwyneth Herbert stand out as the next big thing but her voice, whilst not that different, is genuinely very strong and very easy on the ear. --Georgina Collins

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing New Talent 9 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
She's Amazing! I went to Harewood House in Leeds and saw the sensational new singer, Gwyneth Herbert performing. I was completely blown away, I felt so privileged to witness the birth of this amazing new talent. She has an incredible texture to her voice that draws you into her every word. The audience couldn't get enough of her, she sung all songs from her new album - Bittersweet & Blue. This was a mixture of Jazz Standards (such as Fever and Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye), some pop songs (remember the Portishead track Glory Box? She does a mind blowing rendition of it amongst others) and a few of her own songs, Bittersweet & Blue is a beautiful song, I can't get over how talented this girl is!
If you think Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy & Diana Krall are ok, you will LOVE Gwyneth Herbert. I can't wait for this album to become available.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitting the Big Time 23 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Have been waiting for a widely distributed Gwyneth CD for ages...and at last here it is. Having been lucky enough to have seen her live at a Durham University ball, i was bowled over by her powerful but sultry vocals. The new CD has become a favourite among friends and family and there are many requests for Xmas pressies, her take on Glory Box is just astounding... a truly meaningful song that almost reduces me to tears. WELL DONE!!! If you haven't bought this album by now, you really should!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice!! 26 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to catch Gwyneth at Ronnie Scott's last night. What a voice! She had the whole room spellbound. And her band were amazing. One minute she's belting out a standard - her version of It's Alright With Me was really funky - the next she's melting your heart with an incredibly tender ballad. What talent.
Her secret weapon must be her own songs. I heard "Bittersweet and Blue" and "Fallen" and both were first class - beautiful melodies and fantastic lyrics. Catch her while you can!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i see you now, in faded corduroy... 30 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
firstly i think corduroy is the hardest word to spell ever!!!! but its worth it as this is the central word in the eponymous track - bittersweet and blue. as soon as you hear this word you know that you are in for a real treat. once again gwyn and will combine a sincere mmixture of musical covers and self penned tracks to great effect to create a musical meléé of fantastical pleasure. i got the cd. i put it on. i left it on. repeat. and sank into my chair in pleasure. we all know why we get a cd, weve heard one of the songs and liked it, so we get the album decide the rest are crap and put a few songs on programmed repeat. gwyn has taken out all the hard work for me! i only press repeat once, coz i love evey song on the album, the advanced musical stylings and deep jazz conotations infused with a gravely multi palleted voice. this voice can hadle slow jazz to r and b (where it would be wasted!). god gave an angel a voice to sing, therefore gwyn was born
we love you gwyneth Herbert
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album. 16 Oct 2013
By D. King
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have only just discovered this singer. I heard her sing Only Love Can Break Your Heart in a movie and thought it was a very special voice. I took a chance and bought this album and was not disappointed. I will certainly be buying her other albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars US 8 Nov 2010
By Kip
Format:MP3 Download
Not on itunes, Yahoo, or Amazon. I can't find her anywhere in the US. This is crazy!!! Why doesn't she sell in the US?
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