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Oyster [CD]

Heather Nova Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0000276IB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Walk This World 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Heal 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Island 6:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Throwing Fire At The Sun 5:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Maybe An Angel 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sugar (Blow Version) 5:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Truth And Bone 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Blue Black 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Walking Higher 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Light Years 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verona 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Doubled Up (Blow Version) 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Heather Nova Oyster


The hooky, upbeat "Walk This World" sounds like a major hit, but it's merely the most accessible side of a feverish, poetic artist who'll be compared more to Sarah McLachlan and Sinead O'Connor than to Sheryl Crowe. Lush melodies abound, but some tracks ("Island", "Sugar") have an intensity worthy of Patti Smith, and there's emotional blood on tracks like "Blue Black". Other highlights on this edgy, affecting debut are "Maybe an Angel" and "Throwing Fire at the Sun". --Jeff Bateman

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, chilling and extremely 'ear-catching' 21 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A real personal favourite, and full of emotion, Heather sings from the heart, with 'Island' you find a wrenching song that's despairing, lonely and haunting. 'Verona' is so catchy, while 'Blue Black' twists with an intoxicating chorus. 'Throwing Fire at the Sun' has it's commercial side, and it's brilliant, with many levels-Heather's voice once again stirring emotions galore, painting many pictures, and always grabbing the listener's attention. There is an almost archaelogical quality to 'Oyster', which I've not found elsewhere, and this album, more than any other I've heard, opens up in a way that connects with people. It's very deep, and constantly moving. The lyrics never stay still, ('Maybe an Angel'), and if 'Oyster' doesn't touch your soul, nothing will!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powered rock 1 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album was my introduction to Heather Nova. It didn't strike a chord with me straight away, but it grew on me fast. Heather demonstrates the ability to be eclectic, to sing varied themes and experiment with different sounds. 'Walk with Me' is a rock anthemn,with a powerful chorus, 'Island' is a regretful song of sorrow, 'Heal' is a beautiful lament,it is one of my favourite tracks, 'Throwing Fire At The Sun' is a strong rock based song,sung with force, 'Blue Black' is incredibly catchy, a song of remorse.'Walking Higher' demonstrates Heather's ability to reach high notes and still sound great. 'Verona' is lively and well written, likely to play itself over in your head. 'Doubled Up' is a slow, simple but enchanting ballad, a truly beautiful song.
This is a good and powerful introduction to the striking talent of a relatively unknown artist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In love 19 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I only picked up this CD from chance when i saw it in town today, and boy am i glad. I had never heard a song of hers in my life, and as i was bored with the constant Britney Clones, i just scanned for a cd....and i found Heather. I fell instantly in love with it, its lyrics blew my mind, each word placed exactly in the right place and spoken amazingly. I cannot name a song i do not like...they are all seriously beautiful. Keep recording Heather, we need you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone criticize this? 22 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Just absolutely outstandingly beautiful. I first bought Siren, and fell in love with "Blood of me" and "Winterblue" - they're such haunting songs that stay in your mind for days later... Heather's songs are a million steps up from the horribly cheesy pop that just keeps coming and coming...I just wish she was more well-known,she deserves more credit.
"Oyster" is another album which is just great. First of all my favourite tracks were "Walk this world" and "Island", which seem to stand out so much, but you really have to listen to it over... "Heal" is SO haunting and powerful, the mix of the magical lyrics and beautiful melody and harmony almost make me wanna cry! It sounds so stupid but her music is just so emotional. "Doubled up" is another great one, as is "Verona"...well they all are. There are some songs that I don't listen to as much as others, but hey, you get that on most albums...I'd buy this album just to hear "Heal"...give it a chance, if you're anything like me you'll absolutely love it. She's just brilliant - no other word could describe her. xxxx
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetic rock 4 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Oyster opens with the brooding mid tempo rock number Walk This World, Heal is a tender ballad with lovely acoustic guitar whilst Island is a long passionate rock song with great vocals and evocative imagery. Love ballads like Light Years, Verona and Maybe An Angel are found alongside surges of aggressive rock. Sugar has plenty of tempo variation, starting out slow and atmospheric like a spoken poem, then developing into a full-blown rock number. I like the solemn drums and interesting arrangement of Throwing Fire At The Sun. A highlight of Oyster is the melodic pop song Truth And Bone with its poetic lyrics and hypnotic chorus. The poignant and tuneful Doubled Up In Love that concludes the album is my favorite. Nova seems to prefer complex arrangements where tender balladeering alternates with uptempo, powerful rock sections in many of her songs. Her music reminds me of both Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette. The style is an appealing blend of rock and pop and the album contains some exceptional songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 12 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
First studio album of Heather Nova. Very touching songs of great intensity and intimacy, all written by herself. Just wonderful. My favourite songs are „Walk This World", „Sugar", „Truth And Bone", „Blue Black" and „Doubled Up". I give to this album five stars, because there are not more to be given. But actually it would deserve ten stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heather's best. 6 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album has stood the test of time, truely. 11 years later, and this album can still turn someones head. More band-driven than her other albums, this one is -so far- her best.
Opening with lead single "Walk this world." Heather imediatly rocks. She introduces her powerful voice and her wonderful song writing ability. A strong opener and a well-recieved single. Many people know this song, just not who poor Heather is. (Though this album had sold over 700,000 copies by 1998.)
Next up is "Heal", probably my least favourite track on the album, a glittering song about regaining energy to be able to heal ourselves. "Island" the third track from the album, is a highlight. A tragic tale of Domestic violence, which starts with a soft and loud wail from Heather and then starts slow, till after another set of beautiful wails, when the song explodes with sound. The song seems to follow the flow of an arguement...slow intro, till an explosion of violence..to the quiet intesity of the aftermath.
"Throwing fire at the sun" is infectious. With a clever tribal beat, the song climbs into your skull and dances away. Her vocals shimmer and on the bridge sound almost unhumanly. The lyrics are honest and memorable. "Maybe an angel" the second single, is such a self-assured rocker which shimmers with Heather's powerful voice. I love the lyrics to this one. "Sugar" is the next track. A song that begins slow, till it erupts a fast and loud chorus. Then when it calms down, the song slows then breaks out once more with the rocky chorus. The lyrics are really visual and intresting.
The next track "Truth and bone" has some of the best lyrics of the album. The song is peformed stunningly well, especially the sweet and confident bridge. A highlight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD
I saw this lady back in 1995 at Reading Festival in a small tent for around 200 people. I could hear her from outside and was wondering what this beautiful music was. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Macca B
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
This album is not so powerful as Siren, being more laid back and easy going. Still good stuff though. Read more
Published 22 months ago by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get much better than this
Oyster follows a similar vein to the equally brilliant Siren - slightly rocky, complex but subtle arrangements and infused with Ms Nova's haunting vocals. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by Lowenhaus
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Heather's first studio album (As Glowstars was in her living room), and it is amazing!!! I love Throwing Fire at the sun, Blue black, walk this world, maybe an angel, Verona and,... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2004 by "bobbyrobertfreak"
5.0 out of 5 stars No words can express!
A real life angel who's voice will caress your eardrums into an ecstacy you didnt even know exists.
This album is a masterpiece.
Published on 15 Jan 2004 by S. Pegden
3.0 out of 5 stars Good harmonies, good lyrics, bad final product
This was my first taste of Heather Nova. Being an avid fan of Jewel, I trawled through Amazon to find similar artists, found some clips of Heather's music, wasn't convinced and... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2003 by addled adder
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful recording
This is Heathers best work, check out "Walk this World" and go and see her LIVE if you can. A truly spiritual Woman.
Published on 14 July 2003 by Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Girl With A Guitar
It's impossible to pick a best Heather Nova CD, as you've got to have them all! 'Oyster', 'Siren', 'South' -- eath has some of the best hits in it, I'm not saying that Heather... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2002
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