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People Are Strange

Stina Nordenstam Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 Nov 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00000I2OZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sailing - Stina Nordenstam
2. I Dream of Jeannie - Stina Nordenstam
3. Love Hurts - Stina Nordenstam
4. Lonesome Road - Stina Nordenstam
5. Bird On a Wire - Stina Nordenstam
6. Purple Rain
7. Swallow strings
8. He's like a swallow
9. Reason to believe
10. I came so far for beauty
11. Come to me
12. People are strange

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly exceptional, warm, thrilling cd. 28 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
People Are Strange would convince anyone that this woman will never produce a bad album. She is not capable. Stina Nordenstam has taken eleven songs and completely reinvented them. She has made them her own, and in doing so has created a hauntingly beautiful album that is, by turns, spine-tingling and warm and downright scary. The opening bars of Sailing induces an initial grim premonition, but then the strings come in and the song is lifted effortlessly from the ramblings of a schoolgirl to the truly wonderous. An easy calm then settles because this woman knows exactly what she's doing.
The sleeve art presents a foretaste of what is to come. Stina, hardly recognisable in a variety of guises, some of the pictures out of focus. Sleevenotes seeming to reveal innermost thoughts but not giving anything away at all. There's nothing here that can be used as evidence - make of it what you will. But the compositions bear all the hallmarks of Nordenstam's unique ear. Plucked strings and muted horns; several seconds of orchestration being allowed and then halted; bass-line countermelody and vocal harmony all used to captivating effect. And we should have been prepared for this with Dynamite, yet still the abrasive guitar and industrial noise - metallic drums, machinery clicking repeatedly - comes at us like flint stone against the side of the head. There is an uneasiness present because of the naked quality to the songs, like listening to private recordings, or reading a diary, but then no effort has been made to hide the homegrown origins of the songs. The rain comes down outside the open window, the sounds of the street are allowed to encroach, and at one point we can even hear the whirring of the tape recorder. But the effect of this is to draw us closer to the performer.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Edgy perfection from a unique musical voice. 8 Jan 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is an album that you buy because you once heard "Little Star" on the radio, remembered Stina Nordenstam's name, couldn't find "And She Closed Her Eyes", and so bought this instead. It then becomes the sort of album you recommened to others because it glides in and out of your mind, sings you to sleep, and replaces all the words you ever heard sung with the continually beguiling charm of her voice. Like flawed glass, there is a terrible and forboding quality that surrounds this album. Beautifully underproduced, the record seduces you with its fractured perfection. And unlike other cover albums, it avoids the pitfalls of emulation. You cannot compare Stina Nordenstam to any other artist when she sings her own material, and so you resist the temptation when she perfoms songs by Leonard Cohen, Rod Stewart, Prince.
This album is winningly and consistently original. It prickles like raw glass fibre. And, as you listen, the sounds swaddle you in the discomforting warmth of a favouite rash.
Buy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The title of this review is a remark passed by John Peel after first playing a session track by The Fall.

Stina Nordenstam is a force. Unique. Unstoppable. Unputdownable. Lots of other superlatives starting with: "Un..."

Her best is "And She Closed Her Eyes", but all of her stuff is indescribably good (at least, that's how *I'd* describe it....).

Six stars.

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"Alright, Stan, don't labour the point."
--Monty Python's "Life of Brian"
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