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Little Things

Hanne Hukkelberg Audio CD
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Norwegian singer Hanne Hukkelberg’s 2005 debut album Little Things was a charming impression of life in Oslo, notable for its imaginative use of found sounds and eclectic array of instrumentation. Her elfin but idiosyncratic persona coupled with a lazily seductive voice drew comparisons to everyone from Joanna Newsom and Björk, to Stina Nordenstam and Billie Holliday. Her sophomore ... Read more in Amazon's Hanne Hukkelberg Store

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  • Audio CD (4 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Leaf Label
  • ASIN: B0009FGWIA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hoist Anchor
2. Searching
3. Little Girl
4. Cast Anchor
5. Do Not As I Do
6. Balloon
7. Displaced
8. Ease
9. Conversion
10. True Love
11. K|ft
12. Words & A Piece Of Paper
13. Boble

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A strange, beautiful album and one that's very special indeed, Little Things is a joy from start to finish. -- Kaleidoscope Frenzy

Divine…A delicate and deliciously sensuous tiptoe through fairground folk, jazz and electronica. Little things is a subtle, soft-pawed delight. -- Time Out

Hukkelberg’s soothing and emotive voice…threads into a universe that we defy you to label. Gloriously leftfield and strangely intimate. -- DJ Magazine

Little Things demands to be heard and cherished for its audacious beauty. (CD of the Week) -- The Sunday Times

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 27 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful album. At first I thought the 'Norwegian Joni Mitchell' tag was over the top, but after a few listens I'm beginning to think this is spot on. There are other influences of course: at times she sounds how Bjork might have sounded if she'd gone towards jazz rather than electronica, and she can also sound like a less ambient version of Mum. On tracks such as Little Girl and Ease, the spirit of David Bowie during his Anthony Newley period creeps in, but this is no bad thing as the more playful tracks are balanced by beautiful songs like Searching, True Love and Displaced, in fact her voice reminds me of a more gentle Billie Holliday. The programming perfectly complements the use of such instruments as tuba, saxophone, clarinet, vibraphone and banjo, and the mood is enhanced by touches such as the softly running water in the background of Cast Anchor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Grateful for the Little Things 23 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is far and away the most refreshing sound(s) I have heard since early Everything But the Girl and Robert Wyatt came to my attention. Hanne Hukkelberg from the fertile Oslo music scene offers 13 songs which are indeed Little Things in their sound, scope and titles. Little gems like Do Not As I Do, Cast Anchor and Ease offer an easy intimacy both with the subject of the songs and with the listener. Most selections have minimal backing-a tuba and pots and pans on one; running water, lap steel and clarinet on another. This brings her voice which reminds one of Billie Holliday only in vulnerabilty, into sharp relief and allows the lyrics to float along just above the backing. There is a little girl quality to her voice which adds an intimacy and immediateness and makes these songs totally her own. Songs are sequenced thoughtfully and a nod must be given to the use of cardboard in the packaging avoiding the dreaded plastic unjewel case. Si Scott decorated the outside of the folding case with an easy to recognize style of ink lines and swirls and inside is one photo of the artist herself looking out from a furry-hooded parka in an inviting half-smile. Wire Magazine placed one selection-Ease- as the #1 song on its Wire Trapper compilation a few issues back. Have I convinced you to take a chance on Little Things? You'll thank me for being so inspired that I wrote my first ever customer review. Hanne Hukkelberg may do the same for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover a GREAT new, fresh album! 26 Aug 2005
By MVN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An incredible debut for Hanne Hukkelberg, the Norwegian vocalist. Her fresh voice is unlike anything I've heard before, especially in juxtaposition with unlikely instruments like pots and pans and bicycle spokes. It is easy to be immediately swept by the lyrics, and the melody, but this is far from being "easy listening jazz" or boring predictable pop. Each track is full of eccentricities that will excite your ears and your mind. I've been listening to this album non-stop while I write and its proved to be an aid in my own creativity. I look forward to more from this emerging artist and hope she will make it to the USA to perform someday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfying & soulful.. 11 Oct 2005
By Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've had this album for just a few short days, but it's definitely near the top of my favourite albums this year. Hanne works with interesting rythms pulled from bicycle spokes to mouth percussion. The way the percussion works with the soft and beautiful instrumentation and her soulful vocals is truly refreshing. -R.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real grower 27 Nov 2006
By S. O'boyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It took me a while but I love this album now. There are some beautiful shifts in mood through some of the songs. Very unusual. I dont give out 5 stars easily. Hanne if you are out there come and play in Dublin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retrofuturistic jazzpop 28 Nov 2005
By Oscar Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I went to Hanne's concert in Barcelona without knowing what I would listen to. When the music began, I discovered that I was listening to a very talented woman, with a beautiful voice, and a creative soul with a lot to offer to the audience. Her retrofuturistic jazzpop is very close of that of Robert Wyatt, for example. If you know what I am talking about, you can imagine the quality of her music. Make yourself a favour, buy this LP!
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly original 27 Nov 2006
By W. Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Hanne Hukkleberg is Norwegian singer/songwriter who has crafted a stunningly original debut album in the form of Little Things. Hukkleberg is more than just a great name that you want to say out aloud, she has a style that's almost impossible to describe with elements of folk, jazz, bucolic pop, and impossibly, Dixieland, merged together in way that makes you believe these disparate elements somehow belong together. Like a starlit journey into a children's book kind of music hall Hukkleberg takes the listener places they never imagined they would ever go, or that they even knew existed.

In this incredibly textured and rich work Hukkleberg's spooky doll voice is pushed centre stage holding court with her eclectic compositions. Instruments include of a mix of usually neglected acoustic and percussion (Hawaiian guitar, flute, glockenspeil, castanets) and electronic elements. Then there's the even less conventional sounds such as whistling, milk bottles, bicycle spokes and water - none of which seem out of place in this sparse and twinkling universe of nursery rhymes for gothic Lolitas. Mixing so many different and let's face it, often undesirable elements (Dixieland? I rest my case) could have been a hideous mess, but it the fabled two years of painstaking arrangement shows and what's more, it works really well. Hukkleberg does far more than simply pull all this exotica together - Little Things simply glistens.

To draw comparisons, the obvious is a certain Icelandic princess - which is a grand compliment in itself - but fans of Japanese singers such as Chara and whisper queen Kahimi Karie might also detect a kinship (and her backing vocals are pure Stereolab). There's also a smidge of Mūm in her style, but Hukkleberg creates a world that is even more delicate, more stellar and more unreal. In this musically oversaturated world I can't say this very often, but I guarantee you're never heard anything quite like it. If there's a single on this record it would have to be the seemingly shambolic and quaintly jazzy True Love, however singling out tracks is somewhat pointless, this is a collection that needs to be heard as a whole. Actually, this is a collection that needs to be heard full stop. A gem.
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