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Hush [Import]

Jane Siberry Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sounds True
  • ASIN: B00004X0QU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jacob's Ladder
2. All Through the Night
3. Pontchartrain
4. Secrets Of Laredo
5. As I Roved Out
6. False False Fly
7. The Water Is Wide
8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
9. Ol' Man River
10. O Shenandoah/Sail Away

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After traversing musical territories spanning everything from dance to jazz to folk, vocalist Jane Siberry sets her sights on American and Celtic spirituals. With hints of the slow, layered vocal style of Walela, Siberry covers such standards as "O Shenandoah" and "The Water Is Wide". Unlike the deep, distinctly velvet soul of the Coolidge sisters, though, Siberry's singing is little more than pretty. "Pontchartrain", a lonely Irish lament accompanied by piano, evokes some emotion, but there is a sense of detachment in Siberry's vocals. In fact, the entire collection suffers from a soft vocal sheen that lacks soul. Many of the songs chosen here are spiritual hymns or laments, music that is rooted in loss, humility and storytelling. But there is no sense of melancholy here. It's as if Siberry admires these stories more than truly relates to the pain portrayed. It is also difficult to know whether accompanying vocals, which form an impressive Enya-like pillow around Siberry, are Siberry's voice duplicated or actually other singers. No other vocalists are credited. While such singers as Loreena McKennitt can make us feel the desperate ache in a chilling portrayal of "The Highwayman", Siberry's passion for tradition is not apparent. Hence the listener is left feeling a bit soothed, but somewhat empty. --Karen K. Hugg

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a listening album 9 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Jane Siberry is a top songsmith but on this collection she has decided to look at some of the songs she grew up with and heard on her many tours abroad. Hush is a collection of American and Celtic spirituals. Spiritual is an appropriate word as she has an unearthly voice that soars and lilts bringing these old American and Celtic chestnuts to life. With just piano and the odd helper with violin, Siberry layers her voice so it sounds like there are a roomful of Siberry clones, each trying to outdo each other to sing the softest note and a gentle bantering that gives new life to songs such as Oh Shenandoah and not so well known as False False Fly. Altogether a most pleasing experience.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Halo Is Wonderfully Askew 6 Oct 2000
By William E. Pierce IV - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yes, I've admittedly been fascinated with the quirkily, endearingly contagiousness of Jane Siberry's music since my first listen. As with her previous work, this CD is to the ears what fairground funnel cake is to the nose--arresting, sweet, and immediately provacative. But, with Jane, that's just the beginning: as you process the familiar words of these childhood songs with all her too strange harmonies and fun house mirror time warps, she sets off the nerve endings, successfully changing physical waves into emotional excitation. The resulting little shivers of "touch" are the hallmark of only a few musicians and artists. Best of all, hers is an insidiously insider-only message delivered to those whose receptors are tuned to all things left of center. Jane's let you share her secret flipbook scene of the angel's halo tilting ever more wonderfully askew.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Someone should have stopped her 1 Aug 2003
By George Krompacky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I like Jane Siberry and I love some of her music. "Hush," though, is an indulgent mess. There are one or two pieces that I like, but they're not enough to justify purchasing the CD. Because, sadly, at least 50% of the cuts are so unbearable I can hardly sit through them. To be precise, they're INTERMINABLE. I have tried to appreciate them, but all I can do is yell at the CD player, "End already!"
The repetition, the layered vocals, the largely absent music...I appreciate minimalism and modernism but this is ridiculous. There is a point where the producer has to step in and say, "Whoa." That didn't happen here.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From HUSH to SHUSHAN THE PALACE 14 Dec 2003
By Jeanette Rowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I differ with the Amazon review of this CD. The emotional level Jane Siberry reveals in Hush comes forth delicately and colorfully as each rendition of the traditional music in Hush is embraced with a sweet reminiscence of hearing and learning these songs in childhood. Her lack of commercialism is to be applauded: just straightforward beautiful music. Hush opened the door for Jane's latest effort, SHUSHAN the Palace, and proves that beautiful music is as everlasting and genuine as those artists who attempt to carry on the tradition of setting the emotion of words and music into song and verse. This highly personalized collection of the songs is a welcome relief for the ears and the soul. The calmness and warmth of this collection left me wanting to hear more. I seriously doubt if any of the corporate labels would have released this CD, which is their loss, and would have been ours have it not been for SHEEBA RECORDS (check out [...] - recordings by Jane Siberry that are listed as "out of print on Amazon, are available there).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ms Siberry does it again 8 Dec 2000
By Curmudgeon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There's no getting around it: Jane Siberry is an artist unto herself. "Hush" is the kind of left field release that leaves admirers like me agog at her daring. After challenging "new age" music paradigms with "When I Was A Boy", then subsequently delivering jazz and then juvenilia albums, she releases an album of reinvigorated spirituals. Granted, her multi-tracked voice and minimal accompaniment lends the songs a certain sameness, but it lends the work cohesion and she's smart enough to arrange and deliver them in sublimely good taste. Although I can't say it's my favourite release of hers, I'm sure it will remain a cherished work I'll return to again and again.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, except... 24 July 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first time I listened to this I absolutely loved it. The second time, I noticed that Jane was having some pitch problems on several of the songs--most noticably on "False False Fly", but also on several of the other songs. Jane has a style of singing where she sometimes slurs into the center value of a note from slightly above or below--it works well on many of her own compositions, but I don't think it works well here.
However, this is the sole flaw on this otherwise perfect disc, and I haven't read any other review anywhere that mentioned it (I suspect that my ears are more irritated by minor pitch errors than most people's). My final recommendation is that if you sometimes are annoyed by vocalists singing off pitch, then you need to avoid this CD--otherwise, if you're looking for a new and creative take on some old classic songs, then you are going to love it.
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