Where her more famous contemporaries achieve greater mass appeal bydumbing down or aiming at a younger audience (Katie Melua, Norah Jones),or worse, adding a generic 4-beat pop backing (Dido), Silje Nergaardwrites and sings mature music for discerning adults, with astoundingresults. The key to her appeal, perhaps, is in the combination of maturecomposition and pure, innocent voice. There are other artists who soundlike her, there are others that write like her, but nobody who combinesthe two so successfully.
But that's not to say that the music sounds old fashioned. Employing avariety of contemporary jazz styles and with a minimal musicalaccompaniment, Silje manages to achieve the rare feat of an entire albumthat never once falls into middle of the road blandness yet sounds freshand modern and new on every listening.
The highlights on this album are "The Waltz", which effortlessly evokessuch gorgeous romantic images that it almost physically hurts; the playfulduet "Dream A Little Dream"; and "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered",which delightfully combines the sexy with the coy. In contrast, a coupleof the songs are very low-key; in particular, "Don't Explain", the finalsong on the album, seemingly trails off into nothingness, which cannothelp but leave the listener yearning for more.
This is music for demand the real thing, but more than that, it's musicfor people who believe in love at first sight. Silje's sensuous voice isso heart-stoppingly beautiful throughout that by the end of the album,you'll believe in love at first note, too.