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Return of the Kildeer

Veda Hille Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Weatherbox Ltd
  • ASIN: B000A1JSMK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Fine Start
2. Queen Of The May
3. Bedlam!
4. My Disappointment
5. Where Am I From?
6. Red Flowers
7. Liza Jane
8. Every Morning
9. The Cats That Live In The Berlin Graveyard That Houses Brecht And Eisler
10. Bad Heart
11. Planck's Length
12. Honolulu Reverie
13. Frank Mills
14. A Little Pleasure
15. Coerce
16. White Flowers
17. Oh, The Endless Fog!
18. Goodnight Kildeer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't you own this? 30 Nov 2005
By Adam K.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you love music and have a thirst for brave, beautiful music written with passion, compassion and intelligence, then you should have every single thing Veda Hille's ever recorded. If you don't, then this is a good place to start. Veda fuses Americana with Kurt Weill effortlessly, and the result is a stunning album of different layers, textures and styles (not to mention a sly sense of humour) that beguiles and astounds with every track. This is, by far, the best album I've heard this year, and if it was in my power I'd buy everybody a copy, because everyone should have one. That would sort out those who really love music from the rest of the herd. Do your ears a favour, do your head a favour: Buy this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Dream 11 July 2008
By Morton
Format:Audio CD
What a gem - so glad I chanced upon this. One of those dream-like albums that slips under the netting and lodges deep in your subconscious. Full of intelligence, imagination, wry humour. Comparisons can always mislead, of course, but I thought of Robin Holcomb (with whom she's duetted), maybe Hannah Marcus, Hanne Hukkelberg (on 'The Cats') and her compatriots the McGarrigle sisters (on the wonderfully stirring 'Liza Jane' and 'Oh, The Endless Fog!'). Instrumentation is all quite low-key, subtle and beautifully played strings, lots of different textures; little curios too like the shortwave ghost bulletins of 'Red Flowers' and 'White Flowers'. I love the unexplained quality - the disquieting menace of 'Queen of the May' with its jawharps and Enoid rhythm generator break, ending with a flight through the windscreen; the trading of female-vocals in 'Bedlam!' like someone morphing identity against hypnotic heartbeat drums, chimes, tremulous piano lines. This is not weirdness for weirdness sake, and not chilly or cerebral either - 'Where Am I From?' has a heartbreaking sweet beauty to it, for example, and 'Frank Mills' (weirdly from 'Hair') is a lovely unexpected surprise, another perfect miniature on this album. Enough gushing - try the samples above, let them sink in, and let Veda Hille into your dreamworld.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A stingless Veda with nothing memorable 2 Nov 2013
By mianfei - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
On her early albums, especially the long out-of-print “Path of a Body”, Vancouver-based Veda Hille showed herself to be a most definite unique voice in a highly fertile singer/songwriter movement, with deeply personal lyrics and simply arranged yet exceptionally skilled playing. After her first masterpiece album, Hille stripped her sound down further but rediscovered the long-forgotten, tuned-in-fifths tenor guitar (half a decade before Neko Case) on her second and third full-length albums, at the same time gaining exposure on the then-thriving scenes of female singer/songwriters.

However, then tendencies to copy the worst of more familiar artists like Alanis Morrisette, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple was always latent in Hille, and, along with a tendency to move towards overtly “conceptual” themes, sucked dry the power of her music in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

By the time of 2005’s “Return of the Kildeer”, the masterful Veda Hille of the middle 1990s was something unknown, and “Return of the Kildeer” is testimony to this. Recorded with the aid of XTC’s Andy Partridge, “Return of the Kildeer” was a concept album that, like the earlier “Field Study” aimed to look in detail at the life of animals in the Arctic, in this case the plover known by its voice as the “kildeer”, from its arrival to its departure for hotter climes.

The problem with “Return of the Kildeer” is that Hille never succeeds in putting enough drive or emotion into her songs to make them memorable. Most of the album is sparsely arranged piano and acoustic tenor guitar at a stately tempo that is never played in a manner that can express emotion or even give a tune. Such songs as “My Disappointment”, “Bad Heart”, “Goodnight Kildeer” and the silly “Planck’s Length” are totally tuneless compared to “All Fur” or “Clumbsy”, whilst “Where Am I From?” sounds like an incomplete tribal piece even though its vocal is sincere. “Every Morning” is the one song here that approaches any sort of melody, but even it lacks the power of Hille’s best 1990s work, instead descending to overproduction.

Veda Hille might have gained some further kudos and profile from “Return of the Kildeer”, but the fact that her output has slowed so much since does suggest dissatisfaction mirrored in the music inside, which does nothing to show what a talent she was.
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